The Arctic Club

President in 2015: Kathleen Cartwright
[See also: Presidents since 1932]


The Arctic Club was founded in 1932 by Sir James Wordie, famous for his journeys to Antarctica (he was with Shackleton on the Endurance), Svalbard, East Greenland and Baffin Island. The members are Arctic enthusiasts from the fields of both Science and Adventure, mainly from the UK, though with an increasing number from overseas.

Many members of the Club lead or participate in expeditions to the Arctic each year. Members of the Club are always willing to offer advice and information about Arctic regions, particularly to young people who are planning expeditions.

Annual dinner

An Annual Dinner for members and their guests is held each December, usually in Oxford or Cambridge or another University city. The next dinner will be held on Saturday, 12th December, 2015 at The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE. Many members are experts in their own fields of interest and the dinner every year is a good opportunity to meet and discuss plans or pick the brains of experts in an informal atmosphere.


Membership of the Arctic Club is open to those who have played a significant role in expeditions to the Arctic, and have an enduring interest in that area.

Grants in support of expeditions to the Arctic

An Arctic Club Award gives financial support for young enthusiasts on adventurous expeditions to the arctic regions and is administered by the Gino Watkins Fund. Reports from these expeditions are available.

An Application Form for financial support should be completed and returned as hard copy to the Gino Watkins Memorial Fund.

Grants in support of expeditions to the Arctic are also available from

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