M&S Archive and University of Leeds Special Collections Study Visit
Friday 23 March, 11am-3.45pm, Michael Marks Building, University of Leeds Campus
The SSN Study Visit to Leeds will be the third in a series of SSN events to highlight the wealth of home-related material held by important libraries and archives across the UK. This half-day event will be a special opportunity to visit the new M&S Archive in Leeds shortly after its public opening in March 2012. Delegates will have the chance to explore two different collections held in Leeds through talks and handling sessions.
The Cookery Collection, Brotherton Library
With a collection of over 3,000 volumes of printed books, the Cookery Collection holds rare treasures including John Partridge’s The Widowes Treasure (1585) and Sir Hugh Plat’s Delightes for Ladies (1605). The core of the collections covers British publications and works published before 1861, as well as British and French cookery up until the 1930s. While centrally concerned with books of recipes for cookery, the collection also includes many works on food production, on food’s medicinal uses, on gardening and other food-related topics. Household management, including financial matters and the management of servants, is widely covered.
A consistent feature of the collection is its inclusion of long sequences of editions of outstandingly popular works through which it is possible to trace the evolution of the texts over time and thus to observe innovation and changes in taste and fashion, as well as developments in the book trade. There are for example 11 editions of Eliza Smith’s The Compleat Housewife (1727 – 1766) and as many as 26 different editions of Elizabeth Raffald’s The Experienced English Housekeeper (1769 – 1834).
The M&S Archive
In November 2011 the M&S Archive relocated to a new purpose-built archive facility. Built in partnership with the University of Leeds, the new Archive Building will open in March 2012 and will allow public access to one of the UK’s most important business archives for the first time. The Archive consists of over 60,000 items and spans economic, social and cultural history. It includes key merchandise from M&S product ranges including top sellers, innovative material or design and iconic pieces, as well as advertising and marketing material.
To book please return the Leeds Archive Study Visit Booking Form by email, fax or post by Wednesday 14 March 2012 to SSN Co-ordinator Krisztina Lackoi at firstname.lastname@example.org, Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA