We have built up an impressive portfolio of clients including English Heritage, the  The Discovery Channel , BBC, Channel 4, various maritime museums as well as several major festivals including the International Festival of the Sea at Portsmouth and ‘Meet Your Navy’ events.


We are often called on for filming work. Over the years HMS has built up a reputation for quality film work. We can provide accurate clothed people to portray navies (not just the Royal Navy but French and Spanish too) of the Napoleonic period. We can also provide people to portray the Royal Navy of WWII.

We are able to provide acknowledged experts in the Royal Navy of the period to talk about or demonstrate all aspects of shipboard life.

Our work has included projects for Channel 4, BBC and the Discovery Channel.

For details on how to book us please go to our Contact page.

What our sponsors say

Leeds City Museum

“The Historical Maritime Society brought a real flavour of the 18th century to our event at Leeds City Museum celebrating the new Harrison Clock display.  For 2 hours, the various members of ‘the crew’ kept visitors enthralled with tales of life at sea, from a carpenter to a surgeon, accompanied by an impressive range of objects to be explored and detailed knowledge of the period.  The authenticity and detail of the costumes worn by the re-enactors added to the whole experience.  A pleasure to work with.”

Samantha Flavin. Keeper of Abbey House Museum and Kirkstall Abbey & Acting Keeper of Leeds City Museum

By email February 2014

Historical Promotions and Event Management

“I am writing to thank HMS for your exceptional service, professionalism and hard work in delivering on a number of events this year. Your societies dedication to delivering a wide variety of displays, demonstrations, cameos, drills, talks and arena events are always superbly presented and are extremely informative, educational and entertaining. I always look forward to working with you and would happily recommend and endorse you without reservation”.

Rob Butler BSc (Hons) MIoD MAHI FIBC MIFA

By email July 2013

The Southampton Heritage Federation and the  Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology

“Just a note to thank HMS so much for bringing such a professional display to the Southampton Maritime Festival.  Many of our visitors were fascinated by the WWII canoe and the enthusiasm of the crew added to the display. We would have HMS back at any time!”.

By email May 2013

History Television

“Museum Secrets is hugely grateful to the HMS for providing the Blue Launch and her excellent and enthusiastic crew for our filming project. The professionalism of the HMS ensured that the day ran extremely smoothly and I look forward to enlisting your help on future documentaries”.

Rebecca Snow, director ‘Museum Secrets, Inside The National Maritime Museum’. (Airs on History Television Canada and Yesterday Channel, UK.)

By email April 2013

HMS Trincomalee Trust

“HMS Trincomalee always welcomes HMS aboard.  This highly professional re-enactment team brings the Ship alive to the delight of our visitors and our staff. Whenever HMS comes to us, we get more publicity, more visitors and visitors who stay longer.  And every time they come to us, our team learns a bit more about life in Nelson’s Navy.  Well done HMS, we’re proud to be associated with you!”

By email June 2011

Event Plan

“Over the years we have enjoyed working with the Historical Maritime Society at various maritime-related historical events that we have staged on behalf of our clients.  The group are hard-working, authentic, yet easy to work with. Whether crewing a period ship, sailing their 23 foot launch or chatting to visitors, HMS are always a popular addition to our shows”.

Howard Giles, Managing Director.

By email November 2010

Our work has included projects for Channel 4, BBC and the Discovery Channel.

For details on how to book us please see above.