Days out in Yorkshire: Marks In Time Museum, Leeds

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As you approach the attractive building, with its glass frontage and slick curves, you know this isn’t just any building.

It’s a Marks & Spencer building – the company archive to be exact and home to the Marks in Time museum.

It charts the history of this world famous company, from its routes in Leeds via its Yorkshire-based founders through to the modern day.

The immaculate glass cabinets take you on a journey through the decades, which is more of a potted history of British culture full of memories than just simply a self-congratulatory nod to the company’s development.

It’s intriguing stuff and well worth a visit.with different generations of your family.

They helped pioneer the cook-at-home microwave meals as well as many mainstream fashions and fabrics – and examples are all laid out in the displays, although they don’t look as tasty as the stuff on the shelves today.

The team there has even created a Heritage Trail which is great fun and highlights all the key places around Leeds which are iconic and important to the company’s history including M&S’s first ever market stall in Kirkgate Market.

A good tip is to grab a copy of the trail and use it to plan your day ahead.

If that wasn’t enough there’s also a creative kids area where they design and make their own creations, great for keeping them happily busy.

It also hosts special events and revolving exhibitions, the latest being Illustrated Archive, which sees emerging artists’ work inspired by the archive’s collections.

The museum also offers free tea and coffee for visitors! A great example of that M&S extra special twist.


Price: Free

Opening Times: Mon to Fri 10am to 5pm

Address: Michael Marks Building, University of Leeds

Car Parking: Street parking

Attraction Website:

Telephone: 0208 7182800

Sat Nav: LS2 9LZ

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