Students at Reminiscence and Resource Centre
Between 17th and 27th January 2011 the Reminiscence Centre hosted a research visit from 10 worldwide students doing a Post Graduate Course at Bauhaus Kolleg XII.
The students came from countries ranging from Chile to China and Russia to Portugal and were in the UK researching the Bata Footprint on the world.
Twenty students are taking part in this course and the other 10 did their research at Batanagar in India. The Volunteers at the Centre were able to assist with searching our archives as well as providing interviews with local people and former Bata employees for extra information.
Students in the Centre with their Course Director Wilfried Hackenbroich.
Fred Partridge recently held a party in Australia to celebrate 50 years of living in that Country. Fred went to Australia with the Bata Company and many of the other ex employees living there attended the event.
Left to right: Glenys, widow of John Carter, Import Sales Manager, Anna Williams, Christine Gatt.
Left to right: Leslie Wade sewing department Manager, Frank Gatt research and Quality Manager, Mike Williams Production Manager, Fred Partridge Chief Engineer, later Production Manager.
Left to right: Mila Boublik widow of CFO, John Partridge, Violet Wade
Left to right: Michael Williams, Frank Gatt, Les Wade. Christine Gatt
Mobile Explorer launched
1st June 2011
An exciting addition to the Centre are some Mobile Explorer units, which will be available to organised groups to use as they walk around the Estate to get a taste of the history involved.
Members of the Reminiscence and Resource Centre Committee have been very involved in getting this project off the ground.
Mobile Explorer also has an app which can be loaded onto an iphone free of charge from the App Store and this will allow anybody visiting the Bata Estate, and Coalhouse Fort, to enjoy a guided walk around the area.
Trying out the trail at Coalhouse Fort
Founder's Day, 12th July 2012
July 12th, 2012, being the 80th Anniversary of the death of Tomas Bata, the Reminiscence and Resource Centre decided to commemorate the event by laying a tribute at his statue in East Tilbury. We were honoured to have Charles Pignal, the Great Grandson of Tomas Bata, a representative of the Czech High Commission and various local dignitaries join us for the event.
Brighton Students Visit East Tilbury
On Monday 14 January the Bata Reminiscence Centre based in East Tilbury library welcomed a group of 29 students and their lecturers from Brighton University.
Alicja Borkowska, senior lecturer, wrote a short summary of the visit:
All the students are 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate architecture students on the Architecture RIBA Part 1 BA(Hons) degree course at Brighton University. Every year the students are given a place to investigate and based on their research and findings they will propose hypothetical architectural proposals for the place.
This year the students have been asked to investigate the former factory town of Bata. We are particularly interested in the social aspect of the place and will be asking the students to re-imagine a new use for the factory buildings. The purpose of the visit was the show the students the factory and associated buildings and to give them as much insight as possible into how the place used to be and what it is like now. The Bata Reminiscence and Resource Centre has been invaluable in arranging a walking tour of the whole town, access into the factory buildings as well as providing archive access at the library and first hand accounts on what the place was like. We also plan that the students will return individually to the site to take further surveys and return to the library to get further information from the BRRC.
The project will run for 5 months (January - end of May 2013) resulting in an end of year degree show. We have loosely structured the year into 3 tasks, each student will propose a small architectural intervention, following with a larger look at the planning and structure of the town and ending with a smaller design proposal.