The project focused on the restoration and sharing of Bata records, memories and memorabilia that were devastated in the East Tilbury Library fire on January 2017. SBSA worked with Rainbow Restoration and One Big Storage to restore around 95% of the smoke damaged collection on site in East Tilbury. This process included involving 360 East Tilbury school children in artefact restoration, complementing the professional restoration work.
SBSA also advised on the sharing of the collection whilst the future arrangements for the destroyed East Tilbury library and Heritage Centre were developed. This included developing a new IT strategy with input from Twister Solutions to ensure digital resilience in future and enable the delivery of talks and events again. We also worked with our friends at TellTale and Museum in a Box to develop and deploy a ‘portable museum’ focussed on collection highlights to engage audiences away from the Heritage Centre.
We are delighted with the end result – a brand new Heritage Centre with a restored collection, more resilient cloud-based IT, portable interpretation and new partnerships in place. SBSA were particularly delighted with the feedback on our work. An independent evaluator reviewed our performance with the Bata committee and noted the following:
We look forward to continuing to support the development of Bata Heritage Centre in the future. If you need help responding quickly to a crisis, we can help develop a proposal with you, source funding and support the day-to-day management if needed. Give us a call!