Since moving to the consultancy side of thatching, Keith has been involved
with a mixture of interesting projects. These can be categorised as
training, publications and
specifications, and project consulting.
Over the last 4 years Keith has run Thatch Awareness seminars at Knuston Hall supported by the craft-training department of
the Countryside Agency. These courses were aimed at improving the understanding, appreciation and conservation of thatch by
professionals such as Conservation Officers, Surveyors and Architects.
He is currently a Tutor for thatch awareness Courses run by the Planning and Conservation Department, Essex County Council and has tutored on day courses run by Margo Teasdale, Senior Conservation Officer for Hampshire County Council.
Keith has co-authored an article with John Letts (Botanical Archaeologist, Reading University) entitled
`Thatching with Long Straw’ and published in the Building Conservation Directory 2003
Keith wrote the specification and criteria sections for a Thatching and Material Quality document for the Aylesbury Vale District Council, which now forms part of their Supplementary Planning Guide (SPG).
The Manor House, Alford, Lincolnshire.
This was a £1.5 million restoration project, with the thatching work starting in May 2005 and successfully completed in October of that year.
The original Long Straw thatch was removed in the late 1960's and the roof repaired and re-thatched with Water Reed. The aim of the project was to repair a building that had become dangerously unstable over the years and re-establish the original roof covering of Tradition Long Straw. The Alford Civic Trust intends to run the refurbished building as a Museum, Education Centre, Conference and Function faculty.
The Old Clergy House, Alfriston, East Sussex.
The Clergy House was the first building acquired by the National Trust in 1896 and the roof was later thatched
in water reed by the Trust. In October 2005, work commenced to restore its original covering of traditional Long Straw.
Project participants were:
Richard Glover (Charted Surveyor)
K J Quantrill (Independent Thatching Consultant)
John B Letts (ArchaeoBotanist)
Berg Cottage, Barkway, Hertfordshire
Berg cottage is a National Trust property being re-thatched in Tradition Long
Straw. The project was managed for the Trust by K J Quantrill and Oxley
Chiltern Open Air Museum - Arbofield Cruck Barn
Keith is a consultant and historic interpreter for the Chiltern Open Air Museum, Buckinghamshire and Celtic Harmony, Celtic Iron Age Education Centre in