Ian Friel is a writer and historian with an international reputation, who also works as a museum and heritage interpretation consultant.

With a lifetime’s enthusiasm for history and archaeology, Ian is committed to helping people appreciate how important it is to understand the past as a way of understanding the world.   He has many years of research and writing experience, and a specialist knowledge of maritime history that ranges from the Middle Ages to modern times.

Ian also has experience at all levels of the museum profession, from national to local museums, and from researcher to curator and manager. He has worked successfully as a museum consultant since 2007, playing an important role as an interpretation specialist and researcher for projects in London, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Lake District. He has been involved in successful HLF project bids for over £13.5 million of museum development funding.

Ian works in a range of areas

• as a writer and historian

• as a museum and heritage interpretation consultant

• as an historical consultant in medieval, Tudor and maritime history

• as a general historical consultant for print, radio, TV and film projects

• as a speaker or guided tour lecturer for a wide range of historical topics

• as a house historian, researching and writing house, property and building histories

Latest news

  • The search for the possible remains of Henry V’s great ship Holy Ghost – Ian is playing a key part in this – to find out more, see the link to Historic England. He has published an article on the Holy Ghost in Issue 53 of Scuttlebutt, the magazine of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (2016).