AboutDid you know M&S was born in Leeds?
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. From Boardroom battles to staff welfare, from puddings to pants, the exhibition vividly shows the impact M&S has had on the social history of Britain since the first Penny Bazaar stall at Leeds Kirkgate Market.
We are completely free to visit so pop in to start your journey and find out more about our rich heritage. You can explore clothing, merchandise, old photographs, vintage films and rare documents. It’s all part of our interactive exhibition telling the M&S story.
See our website for more information on free guided tours and talks for groups.
Take our award winning M&S Heritage Trail – bringing together the rich M&S history in the city, the Trail takes visitors from the archive to our unique heritage stall in Leeds Kirkgate Market (or vice versa).
Finally, don’t miss our inspirational temporary exhibitions showcasing a range of previously unseen items linking to themes from our varied events programme.
We are a fully accessible building with hearing loop installed and seating positioned around the exhibition to allow easy breaks.
We offer parking on-site for blue badge users during opening hours.