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What is Bata-ville?

In 1894 Tomas Bata founded a footwear company in the Moravian town of Zlín. By the outbreak of the second world war the company had fulfilled Tomas' ambition to become "shoemakers to the world", with factories in 30 countries including two in the UK - at Maryport in Cumbria and East Tilbury on the Thames Estuary.

Early Bata factories were at the heart of progressive model townships of homes, shops and community facilities based on the original Bata town of Zlín.

In 2004, artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie hosted Bata-ville, a journey which took former workers from Maryport and East Tilbury to Zlín, now in the Czech Republic.