Past Events

Sir David Hempleman-Adams
2016 Rolex Award to Joseph Cook 

Arctic Circle Forum 

Edinburgh, 19 November 2017

Canada 150 Lecture and Reception

3 July 2017, Senate House, London

The Polar Research and Policy Initiative will host a lecture by distinguished Canadian historian Dr Ken Coates. 

Mapping the past, exploiting the future

Cartographies and understandings of the Arctic

21 July 2017, Conference at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich 

Scientific Exploration Society Awards 2017

Molly Thompson has been awarded THE SES SIR CHARLES BLOIS EXPLORER AWARD 2017 for the Stauning Alps Expedition. 

The Frozen Frontier

Arthur Beale are holding a talk on 27th April 19:00 by Jane Maufe and David Scott Cowper titled The Frozen Frontier about navigating the most northerly route of the North West Passage. See the link for details. The book will be available on the night and from the website.

Polar Medals 2017

The Polar Medal has been awarded to eight people 'for outstanding achievement and service to the United Kingdom in the field of polar research'. The awards related to the Arctic were to Myrtle SimpsonProfessor Peter NienowProfessor Paul Smith and  Stephen King.

Congratulations to all, especially to Myrtle, a long-standing member of the Arctic Club, and the Scottish Arctic Club.

Sir David Hempleman-Adams

We are delighted to report that David Hempleman-Adams has been awarded the KCVO, Knight Commander of the Victorian Order in the 2017 New Year's Honours List.
Many congratulations to Sir David who is a member of the Arctic Club.

Joseph Cook2016 Rolex Young Laureate  

Many congratulations to Joseph Cook for his prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise for the Ice Alive project on glaciers in Greenland.
See the Report in The Daily Telegraph. Joe is a member of the Arctic Club committee.

Arctic Club Dinner 2016

10 December 2016        The Queens' College, Cambridge.

 Polar Medals 2016

Broadcast: Poetry from Greenland

Stephen Pax Leonard talks about his poetry book Arctic Journal, written during the 'dark period' in north-west Greenland on

Broadcast on Radio 3 (The Verb) on Friday 11 December.

Conference: Responding to a changing Arctic 

The House of Lords Arctic Select Committee Report

Organised by The Foundation for Science and Technology.
Download presentations and reports from the meeting held on 4th November, 2015 at The Royal Society.

The World’s Most Extreme Conservation Project: Saving Shackleton’s and Scott’s Huts

with Nigel Watson from the Antarctic Heritage Trust 
Organised by the World Monuments Fund Britain

The decade long programme to restore Shackleton’s and Scott’s Huts is an extraordinary conservation story about a remarkable place and people. Nigel Watson travels from New Zealand to describe the painstaking story to ensure that these sites remain a cultural marker of a heroic journey in the era of Antarctic discovery and human endeavour

Wednesday 25th May, 7pm, Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London.
Tickets: WMFB Members £15/Non-members £20 Book online: or call Tel: 020 7251 8142
(Discount for Arctic Club members, contact

See The Shackleton Hut in Oxfordshire.


is a one-man show by artist Chris Dobrowolski, which charts the four months he spent exploring and working in the continent (short vid about it here). The show is really funny, with Chris talking in detail about survival, the very odd wildlife, and what it’s like to be amongst scenery so beautiful you can’t quite believe it. Although the 'other' pole - Arctic Club members might like to see it! Showing in Oxford, London, Sheffield, Salisbury, Havant, Chesterfield from 23 April.

 Ski Mountaineering Symposium 

11 to 13 November 2016. Location: Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig, Snowdonia

The 5th British Ski Mountaineering Symposium is being organised jointly by the Alpine Club, the Eagle Ski Club and the Alpine Ski Club, and will hopefully be of interest to many Arctic Club members. These not-for-profit symposia only take place once or twice a decade, and it promises a heady mix of inspirational and factual lectures, engaging skills and knowledge workshops and vital networking and social time.

There will be something for ski mountaineers of all experience – not least a major networking opportunity. The event programme is nearly finalised and details will be published soon. For the latest information see Ski Mountaineering Symposium.