In 2003 Nina Pope was commissioned to do an art project in the Thurrock Area of Essex. After touring the Borough she decided to use the British Bata Factory and Estate as a starting point for this project. Doing further research, with the help of the Bata Reminisccence and Resource Centre, she found that Bata had a factory in Maryport for many years and as this was near the home of a fellow artist, Karen Guthrie, she decided that something could be done around the two places. Initially she set up a "Travel Agency" in the former office of the Managing Director of the Company, from where she could tell visitors about her vision for a trip, by coach, to Zlin, the home of the Bata Shoe Company and it's founder, Tomas Bata.
Passengers were selected for the trip from entry forms filled in explaining why you thought you should be included. The numbers were split equally between Maryport and East Tilbury former workers and a group know affectionately as "The Others". This group was made up of artists, poets and people generally interested in the concept of putting a group of people on a coach and taking them across Europe on a sort of pilgramage.
Many hours of film were shot during the trip and the resultant film has been shown around the world in various Film Festivals, it was premiered in Edinburgh in 2005.
Below are some pictures taken during the trip.
Copies of this film on DVD can be purchased from Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie.
A trailer and clips from the filming can be seen by visiting
This site will also tell you how to purchase copies of the DVD.