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“Fascinating”

Marks & Spencer: Marks in Time
Ranked #76 of 173 things to do in Leeds
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 26 July 2013

The M&S Archive provides a relatively new exhibition outlining the history of the company's brands, products and stores. Complete with displays, the space also provides computers for research purposes and a reading area. There are some fantastic staff magazines to read through that provide some really nostalgic pictures and advertisements; I found the 1988/99 selection to be particularly interesting!

It is one of those places you can spend either 10 min (for an overview) or an hour + in detail. I would recommend using the books and computer facilities to gain more of a detailed insight into aspects you're interested in as the exhibition displays can't cover everything in depth.

A worthwhile, free visit - definitely recommended.

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Caroline B, Public Relations Manager at Marks & Spencer: Marks in Time, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2013

Hi Alex,

Thank you for your review of the exhibition. So glad you enjoyed your visit - the staff magazines are a particular favourite with our visitors! As well as the books and online resources in the Research Area, visitors can also book into the Reading Room to view items from the collection that are not on display. If you'd like to know more you can explore our Online Catalogue through our website. We refresh the exhibition every three months, so please do visit again.

Best wishes
Caroline

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