Historical Society

The Royal Marines Historical Society was formed in 1964. It is a registered charity with five principal aims:

1. Research
To engage in and encourage research into the history, uniforms and traditions of the Royal Marines and other aspects of Corps History. The results of research conducted by the Society may be published and shall be offered to the Royal Marines Museum.

2. Networking
To provide a means of communication between persons interested in the history of the Royal Marines.

3. Education
To stimulate an interest within the serving Corps and general public in the history and development of all activities of the Royal Marines.

4. Knowledge
To provide a source of historical knowledge and expertise to which members of the Society, the serving Corps, staff of the Royal Marines Museum and others may refer.

5. Collecting
To assist in enhancing the collections and historical records of the Royal Marines Museum and introducing them to a wider audience.


With over 300 members, who range from serving Marines to English Heritage, the Society is governed by a voluntary council with six members elected from the membership, an appointed Honorary Editor, Secretary and Treasurer as well as a representative of the Royal Marines Museum and the Commandant General Royal Marines. Membership is open to anyone with a genuine interest in Corps history.

Our funding is derived primarily from members' subscriptions supplemented by a small surplus from the sale of our publications and other donations. We receive considerable administrative and premises support as well as access to collections from the RM Museum but the RMHS is an independent organisation.

To join, please contact us or download an application form.

Our Society is run by volunteers and we are unable to assist with research enquiries from the general public; please visit the museum or click here for help and advice on researching Royal Marines history.

Click here to apply to join the Royal Marines Historical Society