Early morning, Kishorn Island, West Coast Of Scotland, 1981

Special thanks to Mike Hemsley of wgphoto for his help.


Ian Friel is a museum and heritage interpretation consultant, historian and writer with over 30 years experience. He also has an international reputation in the field of maritime history.

Ian has experience of 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 is currently working on a children's book with his daughter, paper engineer and illustrator Helen Friel, for Laurence King Publishing.

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.

Ian's new book, Henry V's Navy - The Sea-Road to Agincourt & Conquest 1413-1422 was published by The History Press in October 2015 and has been published in the USA this year.

Also see the Links page for Ian's blog about history.

Updated 24 September 2016

He is available for work:

  • 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