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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!
Our Next Open Day. Our next Open Day will be held on Saturday, 13 April 2019. We shall be open from 10:00am until 2:00pm. It will be held in the old Administration building at the entrance to the Bata factory site – see picture above. We hope to hold a “Community Workshop” at the Open Day where visitors can participate in a supervised “hands-on” experience to help restore and clean a few of the remaining artefacts damaged during the fire in 2017. Additionally, guided tours will be available but prior booking using the email address below is advised to ensure a reservation. Further details about the activities and themes of the day will be announced shortly.
It is planned to re-open the library in the Spring of 2019.
This is great news for us and the local community.
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 (www.batamemories.org.uk).