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M&S to launch archive exhibition

Marks & Spencer is to host an exhibition of its archive to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

The M&S 125th Anniversary archive exhibition will run in conjunction with the University of Leeds. It will be a free exhibition, opening in early summer 2009, and hosted at Leeds Universitys’ Centenary Gallery.

The exhibition will feature a selection of 60,000 items, many of which have never been seen publicly before. It will include product, photographs, company literature and advertising and will chart the company’s history from market stall to international retailer.

Leeds University will host a series of public lectures around the exhibition. These will cover topics like social history, textiles, local history and the story behind M&S.

M&S chairman Sir Stuart Rose said: “M&S has been at the heart of the community for 125 years and since we began life as a market stall in Leeds we have amassed a wonderful collection of products and memorabilia that offer an intriguing insight into the M&S of today.”

For more information on the history of M&S click here.

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