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Welcome to the new Bata Heritage Centre website!
BREAKING NEWS: In the early hours of 6 January 2017, a car was driven in to the entrance lobby of the East Tilbury library which houses the Bata Heritage Centre and our archive collection. The car was then deliberately set alight. There has been serious damage to the library and the impact on our collection is being assessed. As a result, 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.
This website site is in the early stages of development. Our aim is 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, Essex.
In the meantime, 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 (www.batamemories.org.uk).
Our Next Open Day: is planned for Wednesday, 26 April 2017 (10am – 4pm). However, due to the recent fire and the temporary closure of the East Tilbury library, changes to this date and the location may have to be made. We will keep you informed via this website. For more details, click here.
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).