BATA Heritage Centre is hosting their first open day of 2018 this weekend, including tours around the iconic Bata factory site, to showcase the restoration of their collection.
Following the fire which forced the centre out of their home in January 2017, they’ve been working hard to bring back to life the priceless artefacts in their collection.
While their work is not complete, this is the first opportunity residents will have to see how much progress has been made since October 2017. Volunteers who have worked on the project will be available to answer questions about the restorations.
There will be a number of tours throughout the day at 11am, 12pm and 1pm but guests are requested to book in advance due to the popularity of the last event. A donation of £3 per person is also suggested for those joining the walks.
Organisers hope to provide as much of the usual experience as possible, despite building works, by offering insight into what life would be like working for “The Shoemakers to the World” or living on the industrial estate.
Since 1933 the factory has been an integral part of the local economy and attracted workers from all over, leading to an interesting and complex social history. In 2002, The Bata Heritage Centre was opened to highlight the lasting impact the site has had on the local community.
Saturday’s open day is at the Administration Building (number 13) Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury. You can reserve a place on a tour by emailing: email@example.com.