Henry V’s navy (Ticketed)

Wednesday 29 June 2016
Talk begins at 6.30pm. Refreshments at 6pm.

The talk

The story of Henry V’s navy is one of violence, brutality and folly, as well as one of skill, tenacity and courage. Composed of royal ships, conscripted English merchantmen and hired foreign vessels, it enabled Henry to break French seapower, invade France twice and come close to ‘winning’ the Hundred Years War. Henry’s ships also operated at the cutting-edge of contemporary technology and included four of the greatest ships ever built in medieval England. It was one of England’s most effective fleets, but it is also perhaps one of the least remembered. This talk re-tells its dramatic tale.

The speaker

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

Participant information

All talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1–1½ hours, with tea, coffee & cake available between 6pm-6.30pm in Crawley Hall.


£12 per person, £10 for Museum Friends, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers


To book call 01243 811021 or download our booking form here.