Alex Langlands gained a BA and MA Hons in Medieval Archaeology at University College London, where he is currently continuing his part-time PhD research.

His research in archaeology and history have taken him to the deepest corners of the UK and Europe. He splits his working life between desk research, poking aroundwith a trowel in his hand and being a prolific lecturer in his subject.

Not surprisingly Alex was chosen to feature in the BBC’s much lauded ‘Tales from the Green Valley’ which involved him spending a year immersed in the world of 17th century farming and learning the ancients skills of thatching, dry stone walling, coppicing, harrowing. . . you name it.

Without question it was thatching that captured Alex’s imagination.


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He has recently collaborated with the West Country Thatchers in excavating roofs in the Holnicote Estate.


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