This box searches for words in the title, reference number or description of a record

  • If you type two or more words, you will get results that contain all of those words.
  • Leaving the Search box blank will retrieve all the records in the catalogue.
  • Use double quotation marks, eg "Manchester Store" to search for an exact phrase.
  • To widen your search use 'OR', eg Salford OR Manchester, which will turn up all the records that have got either of those words.
  • Narrow your search by using 'NOT' between the words. For instance typing 'Railway NOT station' would return records about railways that don't mention stations.
  • To find all items dating up to a certain year, enter that year in the ‘to’ box. Years have been entered in the format YYYY, eg 1947.
  • To find all items dating from a certain year onwards, enter that year in the ‘from’ box.
  • If you’d like to restrict your search to a particular year, put that year in both date boxes.
  • To find items from a specific time span fill in the ‘from’ and ‘to’ boxes, eg ‘from’ 1941 ‘to’ 1954.
  • You can also use an approximate date using the format ‘c1980’ or search for decades, eg 1980s.
  • Use the main search box to look for a specific date, eg 18 Jan 1939.

Search the whole collection by choosing 'All', or choose a theme, person or M&S brand name from our list to narrow down your search.

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