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Marks & Spencer began in 1884 when Michael Marks set up a market stall in Leeds. In 1894, following a decade of expansion, he went into partnership with Tom Spencer and a famous high street name was born.
Based in Leeds, the M&S Company Archive is a head office department which acts to collect, preserve and utilise material relating to all aspect of the history and development of the company. The Company Archive contains a range of materials from 1884-Today including written records, staff publications, photographs and films, garments and household products, design and advertising material.
The archive collection can be used to support a wide range of subject areas including social history, Corporate Social Responsibility, business history, sustainability, geography, marketing, advertising, food and fashion design.
The Company Archive includes a public-facing exhibition area which celebrates the story of M&S and showcases historical and current star products to the general public. We also offer a Reading Room service for those wishing to consult particular items from the collection in more detail.
Our contact details are:
Address: M&S Company Archive, Michael Marks Building, University of Leeds, Woodsley Road, Leeds, LS2 9JT.
Telephone: +44 (0)2087 182800