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Welcome to the new Bata Heritage Centre website!

Our Featured Image, above, is the bust of Tomas Bata looking proud, positive and purposeful after he has been cleaned of all smoke damage following the fire which threatened to destroy our Bata Heritage collection.  These personality traits have been adopted by our volunteers and supporters as we move forward to restore the Bata Heritage Centre and its collection in its rightful place in East Tilbury, the home of The British Bata Shoe Company Ltd.

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

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 (

Good News! Our Next Open Day will take place on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 as planned.  It will be held at the East Tilbury Scout Hall, HQ Hammond Hall, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8SB.  The Scout Hall is on the right just over the level crossing at East Tilbury Railway Station travelling towards East Tilbury village.  There is a small car park. The Open Day will be open from 10am until 3pm.  This change of location is  due to the recent fire and the temporary closure of the East Tilbury library (see below).  For more details, click here.  We are extremely grateful to the East Tilbury Scout Group for their very kind gesture to allow us to use their premises.  This is a fine example of how the local community has really supported us following the devastating fire.

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).