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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 residential estate.

Our Featured Image, above, shows the newly landscaped gardens in front of the Bata factory site.  The statue of Tomas Bata presides over what used to be the Administration building.  Employees arriving late for work (at 7:30am) had to enter via the revolving door which took them straight into the HR department where their actual time of arrival was noted! 

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

Our Next Open Day: Our next Open Day will be held in October 2019, hopefully, in our newly refurbished home in the East Tilbury Library.  More details will be posted here nearer the time.

East Tilbury Library – Good news!
Opening soon!
Work to rebuild Library progressing well (March 2019)
We understand from Thurrock Council’s libraries department that all being well the library will be re-opened on Tuesday 23 April.  There will be a formal event a few weeks later once the local election period is over. The Bata Heritage Centre will move in soonest but will not be fully operational for some time.
East Tilbury Library – Work in Progress:
Work starts on Library refurbishment – November 2018
The refurbishment work at the East Tilbury Library follows the devastating fire in January 2017.  
The Library was the home of the Bata Heritage Centre and our unique and important collection of artefacts and records.  Much of this was badly damaged by smoke and some things were also water damaged.  A small number of items were completely destroyed in the fire.

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.

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 (