Bata Reminiscence and Resource Centre
By Fred Price
On Wednesday 18th April 2012 the Bata Reminiscence and Resource Centre based in East Tilbury Library will be celebrating 10 years of work in the Community.
The Centre was started in order to collect the memories of those who had lived and worked in the Bata Community in Essex since it was built in the 1930’s. It was not long before the area set aside in the Library became a Museum of Bata Artifacts and photographs as well as memories.
The Bata Shoe Company came to East Tilbury in the 1930’s and a satellite town was built, based on the ideas set out by top Architects of the time. The houses and factory were built in the Modern Style and the whole Estate has an Eastern European look because of this.
The Community has always been International, with Czech’s coming here to help establish the latest factory in the Bata Empire, and groups from Poland, Malta, Ireland and the Mining areas of Britain moving in to help the local workforce with the growing work.
In 2002 we set up the Centre and we now have an extensive collection of photographs, plans, books and artefacts which help to demonstrate life within the community as well as the importance of the Architecture. We have welcomed student groups from around the world as well as locals who are looking to find out more about this unique community.
The Open Day will be between the hours of 11am and 4pm and all are welcome to visit to meet up with friends old and new and to find out more about our work.
The Centre is based in East Tilbury Library, Princess Avenue, East Tilbury, RM18 8ST.
More details can be found on our website at www.batamemories.org.uk