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Marks & Spencer: Marks in Time

M&S Company Archive | Michael Marks Building, Leeds LS2 9LP, England
+44 20 8718 2800
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Worth the visit

It was a well done exhibition using the company archives to reflect the history and connection with... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2017
Casey_An
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Hong Kong, China
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Small museum interesting to visit

We were alone in the museum but really enjoyed our visit. You can watch advertisements from M&S... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Londinium
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Brussels, Belgium
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Did you know M&S was born in Leeds? Discover our story and unlock the fascinating journey that has made M&S one of Britain's best loved retailers. Explore our Marks In Time Exhibition and uncover some fascinating facts from over 130 years of M&S history: Did you know that we sold our first bra in 1926? How about that our scientists worked with the government during WW2 to help with rationing strategy? Or even that when we were one of the first to introduce 'avocado pears' in 1959 one customer tried to serve it as a dessert with custard? From the clothes we wear to the food we eat the Marks In Time Exhibition showcases the M&S Company Archive collection, tracking the development of the business from 1884 to the present day. Not only is our exhibition completely free, we also welcome groups as part of our free Group Travel programme, and run schools and events programmes - see our website for more information.
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M&S Company Archive | Michael Marks Building, Leeds LS2 9LP, England
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

It was a well done exhibition using the company archives to reflect the history and connection with the community. I'm impressed to know that they change the display every quarter to fresh up the feeling.

Thank Casey_An
CompanyArchive, Manager at Marks & Spencer: Marks in Time, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 11 June 2017

We were alone in the museum but really enjoyed our visit. You can watch advertisements from M&S since the fifties and some of them are really funny. There are photos from shops since their opening and then many clothes and items on display too. We...More

Thank Londinium
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Whilst only a small museum, it is packed with everything from the history of Marks & Spencer. There is a great archive, which is open occasionally to the public, a quiet reading area, and various 'hands-on' exhibits. A really well thought out history with some...More

1  Thank Keith B
CompanyArchive, Manager at Marks & Spencer: Marks in Time, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Thanks for your comments Keith, and glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 8 January 2017

This is a small museum attached to a much larger set of archives (which open from time to time), it is outside the City Centre but worth visiting if you have a spare hour.

Thank MPWharton
CompanyArchive, Manager at Marks & Spencer: Marks in Time, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2017

Thanks for your review, glad you enjoyed your visit. You can access the archive throughout the week in our Reading Room - do get in touch if you need any more information.

Reviewed 27 October 2016

We visited this wonderful place as a coach party group and as soon as we arrived we were offered a drink while we watched an introduction with photos on how Marks & Spencers began, all those years ago. We were given a very interesting talk...More

Thank Yana12
CompanyArchive, Manager at Marks & Spencer: Marks in Time, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2016

Thanks very much for your review! Really pleased you enjoyed your time at the Archive.

Reviewed 25 October 2016

Did you know that Marks & Spencer all started in Leeds way back in 1884 ? You will learn all about the creation and milestones of the History of Marks & Spencer at this extremely interesting and well laid out exhibition contained in The Michael...More

Thank Stephen R
CompanyArchive, Manager at Marks & Spencer: Marks in Time, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2016

Hi Stephen, great to hear you enjoyed your trip to the archive - we'll pass on your kind comments to our exhibition staff.

Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely little archives with lots of information on the history of M&S. Staff were very friendly, helpful and informative, readily answering questions and telling us more about the exhibition. Worth the walk although it's a shame it's so far away from any other local attractions!...More

1  Thank Beth O
CompanyArchive, Manager at Marks & Spencer: Marks in Time, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2016

Really glad you enjoyed your visit Beth!

Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

Came here with my uncle a number of times while we were in Leeds to donate some items. The displays are interesting and the staff are nice. I wouldn't come here directly as a visit to a museum but while I was here it was...More

1  Thank theoh2002
CompanyArchive, Public Relations Manager at Marks & Spencer: Marks in Time, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2016

Really glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 31 July 2015

I was really disappointed on arrival at the archive. It was one room with poor displays and very uninterested staff. There isn't any where to have a drink or a snack, although the man did offer me a drink. He must have taken pity on...More

Thank fricia
CompanyArchive, Manager at Marks & Spencer: Marks in Time, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2015

Hi Fricia, We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit to the archive. We're a small team but we hope to offer visitors an insight into the history of M&S. There are places nearby where visitors can buy a drink and a sandwich,...More

Reviewed 12 February 2015

Went with a group of friends both male and female and arrived at 10 a.m. Even allowing for every person reading the notices, information etc. round the walls of this very small Museum we were ready for leaving within 30 minutes. As we had travelled...More

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