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Antarctic Club

Antarctic Club

The Antarctic Club is a dining club based in the UK. Membership, by invitation, is open to individuals who have spent at least one winter or two summer field seasons in Antarctic regions or are otherwise considered eligible, and who maintain a continuing interest or involvement in Antarctic affairs. It is limited to British and Commonwealth nationals taking part in British or foreign expeditions or foreign nationals taking part in British expeditions.

The first annual dinner and reunion was held the Café Royal on Regent St, London, on 17th January 1929, to coincide with the anniversary of Captain Scott's party reaching the South Pole, in 1912. Thirty four prospective members attended, representing 11 expeditions from Carsten Borchgrevink's Southern Cross Expedition (1898-1900) to the British Imperial Expedition to Grahamland (1920-22). Today, the dinner provides an opportunity to meet more recent Antarctic expeditioners and to salute them with a series of toasts.

There are approximately 300 members of the Antarctic Club.


A brief history of the Antarctic Club is available.


  • President: Mr David Burkitt
  • Honorary Secretary: Prof. Mark Brandon

Annual Reunion Dinner

In 2020 and 2021 dinners were not convened owing to the pestilence. 2022 was held in the Royal Geographical Society as circumstances returned to near normal. The next dinner will be in Spring 2023 at a date and place to be announced.

Antarctic Club dinner 2015
Antarctic Club dinner 2015