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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 Estate in East Tilbury.
Our Featured Image, above, shows the Bata Hotel. The hotel was home for the key workers, visiting VIPs, graduates from the Bata Technical College and others waiting to move into houses on the Bata Estate. There was a special suite for the Tomas Bata family. After the 1953 floods which devastated many areas around the coast of Essex, people who had lost their homes in Tilbury and other nearby locations were provided with accommodation until they could move back home. On the ground floor, there were shops, a TV lounge, a notable ballroom with spring wooden flooring, and a managers’ dining room. On the first floor, there was a canteen for residents and other workers.
Our Next Open Day. We are planning our next Open Day for the Spring of 2019. The exact date will be announced here when we have more definitive news about when the library will be re-opened following its refurbishment. We shall also publish the date of our next Open Day on Facebook and Twitter.
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).