A Brief History

The Society was first established in 1967 and its original name, The National Society of Master Thatchers’ Associations reflected the basis of the membership. By 1977 it was realised that individuals wished to be recognised as Master Thatchers in their own right. A new constitution was drawn up and the name changed to the National Society of Master Thatchers. The name was changed again, to its current form, in 1998 when the Society became incorporated as a Limited company; this reflects the changing times and is a necessary strategy that protects the personal liability of the Society’s executive officers.

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Mission Statement

  • To encourage, support and advance the craft of thatching and allied crafts.
  • To promote an understanding of Thatch and Thatching
  • To encourage and strictly uphold a high standard of craftsmanship and business integrity.
  • To negotiate with official bodies on behalf of member thatchers.
  • To protect thatched properties through risk management and sharing of information.
  • To investigate and promote the development of new sources thatching materials.
  • To act as unbiased intermediary in a dispute between members and their clients
  • To be the resource of first choice for our members, their customers, conservation officers, the media and for all who care about thatch as part of our National heritage.