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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

Latest news: For our latest news, click here.

East Tilbury Library – Good news!
Now open again!
The new Bata Heritage Centre takes shape in the newly re-furbished East Tilbury Library
The library is now open again.
The new library at East Tilbury a few days before re-opening (April 2019)
There will be a formal opening event following the current local election period. The Bata Heritage Centre will move in soonest but will not be fully operational for some time.
The refurbishment work at the East Tilbury Library followed 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.

Our Next Open Day: Our next Open Day will be held on 12 October 2019 in our newly refurbished home in the East Tilbury Library.  More details will be posted here nearer the time.

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 has opened again.  Exact opening hours of the Bata Heritage Centre and library will be confirmed here soon. 

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 (