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Bata Estate, East Tilbury

During ESSEX Architecture Weekend, members of the Bata Heritage Centre led walking tours of this historic modernist working estate, around the houses built for the Bata Shoe Factory workers and the old rubber factory, telling of the architecture of this incredible site. The factories and houses within the Bata estate are important examples of the modernist movement in design and structure. They reflect similar Bata estates around the world including the massive original complex in Zlin, Czechoslovakia. The Estate was pioneering in its design and consideration of workers rights and living standards.

Six tours took place on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September

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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