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The Bata Record was published weekly by the Company and cost 1d per copy. It was purchased by the majority of employees and contained information and photographs of life within the Bata Community. One book-keeper for the costing of the Record proposed that they should do away with the 1d charge as it raised so little revenue and they could also make sure everyone had a copy by giving it away. However, the powers that be decided that people would only read it if they had paid for it, and if it was free some would throw it down on the ground, so it stayed at 1d for ever. As well as sports results, you could find births, deaths and marriages and items of importance from the management regarding everyday processes within the Factory.

Below are links to some of the series printed as well as people who had items about them and their service with the company published in the Bata Record. Some of these were only small articles writen to celebrate a birthday or other event for that employee, but give a good idea of life within the Bata Community.

The Bata Reminiscence and Resource Centre has a large collection of these magazines in hard copy as well as a complete collection on CD.

During the Second World War Staff on Active Duty around the world had copies of the Bata Record sent to them. These were gratefully received as they allowed the men and women to keep in touch with friends and loved ones at home.

The series which were published in the Bata Record gave biographies of people working for the Company as well as the manufacture of shoes, or hobbies of the employees.

Click on the name of the series to see some entries from them.

"They made good"

"It runs in the family"

Below are names of some people who have had small articles written about them in the Bata Record. Click on the name to find out more.
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