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Welcome to the Bata Heritage Centre website!  Based in East Tilbury in Essex, the Bata Heritage Centre aims to present the interesting history of the British Bata Shoe Co Ltd, its fascinating industrial and architectural heritage, and the social history of those who worked for the Bata company and the people who lived on the Bata Estate in East Tilbury.

Our Featured Image, above, shows the Admin block, also known as Building 13.  The admin block was home for the main directors together with the offices for the accounts, wages, cashiers and personnel departments. Sales, buying, export, costing, retail, design and various other departments were also based in this building.

Aerial view of the Bata factory and estate
Aerial view of the Bata factory and estate

If you would like to read more about the unique aspects of the life and times of the Bata company and the work of the Bata Heritage Centre (formerly known as the Bata Reminiscence and Resource Centre), please visit our sister website, Bata memories (

Our Next Open Day is planned for April 2018.  We shall publish the date, times and location on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.  All are welcome to come along.

In the early hours of 6 January 2017, a car was driven into the entrance lobby of the East Tilbury library which housed the Bata Heritage Centre and our archive collection.  The car was then deliberately set alight.  There has been serious damage to the library and much of our collection is badly smoked damaged.  As a result of this fire, the library has been temporarily closed.

For the story of how we recover from this shocking incident, please select the Category “Fire – 2017” from the drop down menu under “The Bata Heritage” box on this page.  Also, look out for more information by clicking on the “LATEST NEWS” menu item in the Main Menu.

How to contact us: The Chairman, Bata Heritage Centre, “Waterview”, Orsett Road, Horndon on the Hill, Essex SS17 8NS (Tel: 01375 677581)


Opening Times: East Tilbury Library is closed temporarily (until further notice).   However, library staff are at East Tilbury Village Hall on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 3:30pm.