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This is the first in a series of articles in which we will describe the process of how we recover from the shocking fire in January 2017.


These cabinets were officially ‘opened’ during our October 2016 Open Day


The fire was devastating.  The whole library suffered severe smoke and water damage.  The roof has become dangerous and the lobby area was completely destroyed.


Fire damage to the Bata Heritage Collection


However, the library staff and the Bata Heritage Centre volunteers are determined to ensure the facilities are back up and running for the community as soon as it is feasible.  Already library services are available in the village hall (the old cinema and social centre) and the Bata Heritage volunteers are setting about the huge task of cleaning those items which have been rescued from the ashes.


Interior of the Library following the fire

On Wednesday, 15 February, a team of volunteers and library staff were able to enter the burnt out building for the first time and start to recover whatever they could.  As you will see from some of the photos in this and future articles virtually all the furniture and books are damaged beyond repair. Almost all items from the Heritage collection are smoke damaged, some have been destroyed, but it is hoped that many can be cleaned and be back on display some time in the future.

Aftermath of 2017 Fire at the Bata Heritage Centre

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4 thoughts on “Aftermath of 2017 Fire at the Bata Heritage Centre

  1. We enjoyed a visit to your amazing Centre and Village about 2 years ago with ESAH,and felt your Village was a living museum. You must all be devastated at this mindless act with the loss of so many irreplaceable objects. We wish you well in your efforts to recover.

    1. Thankyou for your lovely comments and good wishes. Our recovery has started. We’ll be issuing an update in the very near future.

  2. I have to admire your resilience following this mindless act. Are there any plans to have visitor days to look at the architecture of the old factory? I appreciate you may have more pressing matters but such events can raise funds.

    1. Tony, Thanks for your comments and very many apologies for not replying sooner. We have announced today that our next Open Day is to be held on Saturday, 21 October 2017 from 10am until 2pm. For more details, please see the latest post on our website. We are organising a guided tour of the estate (£3 per head) on the day at 12:00. You would be very welcome to join us if you can make it. We have two Open Days a year (generally April and October). You will see from our website that our volunteers host special talks and tours for various visiting groups during the year.

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