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The Open Day will be held on Saturday 21 October 2017 (10am – 2pm). However, due to the fire earlier this year and the temporary closure of the East Tilbury library, it will now be held in the former admin block (Building 13) on the Bata factory site, Thames Industrial Park, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8RH.
It would be great to see as many of our friends and supporters as possible. There will be some displays, photographs and examples of smoke damaged items and some that our volunteers have cleaned. Of course, there will be plenty of volunteers on hand to discuss the fire and its aftermath and, in particular, how we are recovering and our plans for the future. We are also planning a guided walking tour of the estate starting at 12 noon. A donation of £3 per head is suggested for those joining the walk – advance booking is advised via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although there will be limited exhibits on show this time due to the circumstances, we hope to cover as much of our normal Open day objectives, as follows:
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to work for Bata – “Shoemakers to the World”, or to live on the factory’s housing estate?
Come along to our FREE Open day and discover:
- an interesting and unusual slice of Essex and British history
- a fascinating insight into Bata’s Social History and Community Spirit
- a unique and important Industrial and Architectural Heritage
- exhibits, displays, photos and videos, Bata’s own weekly newspaper and more