Ian's latest book covering Henry V's Navy and the sea road to Agincourt

Ian Friel is a historian, writer and consultant with an international reputation in the field of maritime history


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 museum and heritage interpretation consultant

as an historical consultant in medieval, Tudor and maritime history

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

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

Latest news

Ian’s research has now identified the 17th-century Swash Channel Wreck as the Fame of Hoorn in the Netherlands, lost off Poole in February 1631. See: https://ianfrielhistorian.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/lost-property-identifying-the-seventeenth-century-swash-channel-wreck/ and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-39353551

Agent representation: Ian’s writing is now represented by Donald Winchester of Watson, Little Ltd (http://www.watsonlittle.com/agent/donald-winchester/), apart from his work in relation to the musical Billy Bow, which is represented by Kate Weston of the Janet Fillingham Agency (http://janetfillingham.com/content/aboutus.html).

The search for the possible remains of Henry V’s great ship Holy Ghost – Ian is playing a key part in this. 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).

Recent blogs


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This article was originally published on my WordPress blog – March, 2017. A photomosaic of the Fame wrecksite. (C) Bournemouth University The Swash Channel leads to the main entrance of Poole Harbour in Dorset, and this is where the Swash Channel Wreck lies. The original name of the ship has been lost…

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