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We are delighted to announce that our next Open Day will be held on Saturday 21 October from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  We have usually held our Open Days during the week so this is a great opportunity for those who are normally working to come along and visit us.

Displays at a recent Open Day

What’s more, we are going to hold the event in the old Admin building on the Bata factory site.  The venue will be the ground floor of Building 13, as it is more formally known.  For those of you who did not work in Admin or who are not familiar with the numbering system used by Bata, this is the first 5-storey building on the right as you enter through the original factory gates.

Please note, there is a considerable amount of work taking place at the moment, in and around the factory site.  The owners plan to create a new vehicle entrance next to the ‘car wash’ (the former garage site).  The reason for this is that there are new properties being built in the area of the old car park and EDP building.  At the time of writing,  we do not know which entry will be available.  Therefore, we suggest, for those of you coming by car, that you use the Bata Memorial Park area for your vehicle and carefully walk across the road to join us.

Depending on numbers we hope to offer a guided tour at 12 noon (£3.00 per person) around the Bata Estate by volunteers including the well-known local historian Mike Ostler.

The Bata Heritage Centre volunteers will be very happy to meet and greet old friends as well as new ones.  Come and visit us and see more of the history and heritage of the British Bata Shoe Company in East Tilbury.

Exciting news about our next Open Day – 21 October 2017

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2 thoughts on “Exciting news about our next Open Day – 21 October 2017

  1. Just read story by John Tusa. I was an engineering apprentice for 5 years in a department numbered 711 ran by a Mr Hlavenka. Great memories of the factory and remember working inside one of the big ovens in the rubber factory and riding on the old fire engine called a Skoda. Does this still exist?
    Haven’t been back to site since leaving after finishing my apprenticeship in August 1961 so will be excited to be able to visit.

    1. Kevin, Thank you for your comments. We look forward to seeing you at the Open Day and we’ll be able to chat about your experiences in the Engineers Department and apprenticeship. Hopefully, we’ll be able to find some pictures of the old fire engine too!

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