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Open Day – 13 April 2019

Date: 13 April, 2019

Time: 10:00 - 14:00

Location: Building 13, Thames Industrial Park, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8RH

Open Day – 13 April 2019

Our next Open Day will be held on Saturday 13 April 2019  (10am – 2pm).  Following the success of our recent Open Days, we have decided to hold this event on a Saturday again.  Again, it will take place in the former admin block (Building 13) on the Bata factory site, Thames Industrial Park, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8RH.

It would be great to see as many of our friends and supporters as possible.  

There will be three key themes for the Open Day:

  • 50th anniversary for the moon landing;
  • 80th anniversary of the start of WWII;
  • 125th anniversary of the opening of the very first shoe business by Tomas Bata in (what was) Czechoslovakia.  

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. 

Preparing for a Guided Tour – Open Day

As usual, we are offering guided walking tours of the estate during the Open Day.  A donation of £3 per head is suggested for those joining the walk – advance booking is essential via brrcatbatamemories@hotmail.com.

Our photo display boards provide plenty of interest

If you come along to our Open Day, we hope to help you answer the following question:

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to work for Bata – “Shoemakers to the World”, or to live on the factory’s housing estate?

Come along to our FREE Open day and discover:

  • an interesting and unusual slice of Essex and British history
  • a fascinating insight into Bata’s Social History and Community Spirit
  • a unique and important Industrial and Architectural Heritage
  • exhibits, displays, photos and videos, Bata’s own weekly newspaper and more.
A group find out more about one of our exhibits.

Annual General Meeting (2019)

Date: 4 April, 2019

Time: 10:00am

Location: The East Tilbury Scout Group Hall, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, Essex. RM18 8SB

BATA HERITAGE CENTRE

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of Bata Heritage Centre will be held in East Tilbury Scout Hall on Thursday 4 April starting at 10am.  All are welcome.

Nominations for the posts of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and Committee members should be sent to the current Chairman prior to Wednesday 20 March (14 days before the AGM).  Email to brrcatbatamemories@hotmail.com).

The AGM will be followed by the regular monthly committee meeting.

Mike Tarbard

Chairman

10 March 2019

Open Day – Saturday, 13 October 2018

Date: 13 October, 2018

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Building 13, Thames Industrial Park, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8RH

 

Open Day poster – 13 Oct 2018

Our next Open Day will be held on Saturday 13 October 2018  (10am – 2pm).  Following the success of our recent Open Days, we have decided to hold this event on a Saturday again.  Again, it will take place in the former admin block (Building 13) on the Bata factory site, Thames Industrial Park, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8RH.

It would be great to see as many of our friends and supporters as possible.  There will be some displays, photographs and examples of smoke damaged items and some that our volunteers have cleaned.  There will be plenty of volunteers on hand to discuss the fire and its aftermath and, in particular, our Heritage Lottery funded project to enable us to recover as well as our plans for the future.  In particular, the restoration of our unique collection is well under way.

One of the main themes of this Open Day is “The Cinema”  which is now known as the East Tilbury Village Hall and is the temporary home of the East Tilbury library.  2018 is the 80th anniversary of the opening of this iconic building and our exhibition will show photographs and further information about the events that have taken place over the years.

As usual, we are offering guided walking tours of the estate during the Open Day.  A donation of £3 per head is suggested for those joining the walk – advance booking is essential via brrcatbatamemories@hotmail.com.

Items on display

Although there will be limited exhibits on show this time due to the circumstances, we hope to cover as much of our normal Open day objectives, as follows:

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to work for Bata – “Shoemakers to the World”, or to live on the factory’s housing estate?

Come along to our FREE Open day and discover:

  • an interesting and unusual slice of Essex and British history
  • a fascinating insight into Bata’s Social History and Community Spirit
  • a unique and important Industrial and Architectural Heritage
  • exhibits, displays, photos and videos, Bata’s own weekly newspaper and more