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Current Past




Bata Heritage Centre

Over ESSEX Architecture Weekend, members of the Bata Heritage Centre welcome visitors to learn more about this pioneering estate. In 1933 a factory was opened on the Essex Marshes at East Tilbury by the Bata Shoe Company. This Company was based in Czechoslovakia and had been founded by Tomas Bata, who was killed in 1932 in a plane crash.

Over the next 70 years Bata was an important part of the local economy and an international community grew up on the Bata Estate, houses built for the workers by the Company. The people who lived and worked in this community have many memories of both the good and bad times and we in the Bata Heritage Centre are trying to collect these memories in order that future generations will better understand some of the Social History of the 20th century.

More information about Bata Heritage Centre can be found here.

Bata Heritage Centre , East Tilbury Library, Princess Avenue, East Tilbury, Essex, RM18 8ST

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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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