On Tuesday 19 September 2017 our Littlehampton granary became the centre of attention for a huge group of thatchers – around 90 in total – from around the world.
They were attending an international conference, organised by the National Society of Master Thatchers, here at the Museum.
Delegates from Germany, Holland, Japan, Sweden, South Africa and the UK enjoyed a full day of activities, including a demonstration of traditional UK thatching methods on roof frames and a spar making workshop.
Dorset thatcher Rod Miller demonstrated how to tie bundles of thatching materials to form bonds, then secure them to a miniature roof frame with spars that our visitors had made by hand, ready for thatching.
Master thatcher, Chris Tomkins, and his team encouraged our international visitors to have a go themselves at repairing the granary roof under his guidance, giving them the opportunity to compare techniques with international practice.
The day also included a tour of the Museum and our iconic Gridshell building and a ploughman’s lunch served in our waterside café.
At the end of the day the group assembled on the granary roof for a lively photograph session to commemorate a most successful and informative day.