Ian Friel MA, PhD, FSA

Dr Ian Friel is an historian, museum consultant and writer with an international reputation in the field of maritime history.    After a long career in museums, he went freelance in 2007.  Since that time he was worked on a variety of major projects, including interpretation planning for Sea City Museum, Southampton, the National Maritime Museum, the Mary Rose Trust and Windermere Steamboat Museum.   He has also researched and written house histories for a number of private clients in the south of England and the Midlands, as well as undertaking maritime history projects, including research to identify the 17th-century Swash Channel Wreck, which lies off Dorset.

You can find out more about Ian’s work at: www.ianfriel.co.uk

The pieces posted on the blog reflect Ian’s interests in history and in life in general.   They cover subjects such as seafaring, local studies, women’s history, photography, war and peace.

WordPress posts the blogs in reverse chronological order, with the latest first. Following that order, this is a list of the blog pieces published since 2014:

Lost Property: identifying the Seventeenth Century Swash Channel WreckLost Property: Identifying the Seventeenth-century Swash Channel Wreck

Cracks in the ice   Memories of a 1987 visit to East Germany and the ending of the Cold War. Cracks in the ice

A balinger for the king   The story of Henry V’s oared warship AnneA balinger for the king

Daughters of England   A forgotten 1883 smallpox outbreak in West Sussex and a woman’s courage. Daughters of England

A son of England   The sinking of the hospital ship Anglia in 1915, and how tragedy can cast a long shadow. A son of England

The graveyard of the great ships   The story of Henry V’s great ships – and where his Holy Ghost might lie. The graveyard of the great ships

The clothesline of Fate   Historical causality – and why you should look where you’re going… The clothesline of Fate

Drawing with light   Why old photographs are important. Drawing with light

The age of the Hell Burners: fireships and terror weapons (part 2)  Terrorism and the first weapons of mass destruction. The age of the Hell Burners

Fireships and terror weapons (part 1)   The English fireship attack against the Spanish Armada, 1588. Fireships and terror weapons

Spanish Armada in time travel shock   Getting your (Julian and Gregorian) calendars in a twist… Spanish Armada in time travel shock

A ship called Barry  Medieval ship names and what they can tell us about the seafaring world of the time. A ship called Barry

The great ship of Snargate   Why a wall painting in a Kent church may be a portrait of Henry VII’s great ship Regent. The great ship of Snargate

The road to Hell   A 1930s German road atlas and how new streetnames marked the road to Hell. The road to Hell

For those in peril…   A Cornish image of a 15th/16th century ship and the hopes and fears behind votive art. For those in peril

The Ghost of Reginald Hine   How the writings of a pioneer local historian helped to get me interested in the past. The ghost of Reginald Hine

The Seasick Historian   A celebration of seasickness… actually, no, it’s not!  The seasick historian

Scratched Records   The fascination and importance of historical graffiti, from the Middle Ages to World War 2. Scratched Records

Where’s the hero now?   Heroes in history – and one of England’s great, forgotten engineers. Where’s the hero now

Agincourt-on-Sea   Henry V’s navy, the 1415-1422 sea war and the archaeological potential of the River Hamble. Agincourt on Sea

The Anniversary Waltz   The commemoration of anniversaries and why it may be better to live in a year that gets forgotten. The anniversary waltz

The Lost Lands   Coastal erosion and a vanished village The Lost Lands

The Good Neighbour?   1822 – William Budden lays claim to 6½ inches of land… The good neighbour

Saving something from the wreckage   Why shipwrecks are interesting, and why it’s not ghoulish to be interested in them. Saving something from the wreckage

What’s in a picture?   Two thousand years of history in one shot – the photo at the head of this blog. Whats in a picture

In with the old…?   The fascination of history.


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