2020 Event Calendar  (provisional)

We did  have several events in development for 2020 but due to the current pandemic crisis, we are uncertain on when we will be required by sponsors 
Please check back with us  regularly for updates re dates and times

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All HMS  event enquiries to





 30-31 May

 Captain Cook Birthplace Museum



Georgian Navy 

 27th June

Royal Armouries








18-19 July

History Festival





date TBC

Captain Cook Memorial Museum  


Georgian Navy

October November
date TBC

Royal Armouries


HMS with Military Canoes




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.

What our sponsors have said:

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
Tel: 0113 2305492
Acting Keeper of Leeds City Museum

By email February 2014

'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
Managing Director:  
Historical Promotions and Event Management
By email July 31st 2013

"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!"
Jan Gillespie on behalf of  The Southampton Heritage Federation and the  Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology
by email 13 May 2013

"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

David McKnight, General Manager of the 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 2nd June 2011

Howard Giles MD of EventPlan

"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".
by email 1st November 2010

“The HMS has been coming now to Whitby for many years in September. It is always a delightful weekend for the staff of the Captain Cook Museum and their visitors. HMS just about takes over the Museum, filling it with life and colour.   
There is always something new, and the members engage with our visitors with fascinating information and stories from Britain ’s naval past.   
We look forward to the visit every year”  
by email October 28th 2010 


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 see above.