Marks in Time

Exhibition Design and Content Development

This project celebrated the role that the ubiquitous retail chain Marks and Spencer has played in our everyday lives for 125 years. Located in Leeds, the town where M&S began, the exhibition was designed for a mixed audience of M&S customers and staff, University of Leeds students and the general public. It showcased the archive and permanent display collections held by Leeds University.

Metaphor worked with the client to develop the content, write the exhibition script, choose the objects, design the displays and create the low-tech interactives. Artefacts from M&S’ intriguing archive collection were displayed next to graphics, films and interactives along an imaginative double-sided timeline, showing M&S as the public have experienced it as well as the work that goes on behind the scenes.

The exhibition ran from 2009 to 2012.