Our Mission and Vision

The John Rae Society was launched in December 2013 by a passionate group of people keen to see the extraordinary life and achievements of Dr John Rae rightly acknowledged, and his childhood home, Hall of Clestrain, preserved. We want to see Dr John Rae take his place in world history as a ‘Great Scot’ and for his life to inspire generations to come.

The society’s aims are:

  • To recognise the achievement of Arctic Explorer John Rae
  • To research and identify the most appropriate option for the conservation and development of Hall of Clestrain
  • To work in partnership to grow and share an understanding of the Arctic through education, research, knowledge transfer and cultural awareness
  • To enhance community pride, wellbeing and facilities in the Orphir area
  • To ultimately create an internationally significant visitor centre dedicated to the legacy of John Rae and Arctic exploration

The society is a registered charity (SC044463) whose purposes are:

  • To advance the education of the public in the life and achievements of John Rae as the discoverer of the final navigable link of the Northwest Passage and one of the greatest arctic explorers
  • To advance the arts, heritage, culture and science by promoting the life and achievements of John Rae and to foster friendship and understanding between members of the public, the people of Orkney, and those in Canada, particularly, but not exclusively, those areas associated with John Rae, through a broad range of activities.

Since we began in 2013, we have built a dedicated and knowledgeable membership of more than 400 people from around the globe, keen to see us achieve our aims and to be a part of them. Find out how you can join them by becoming a member of the John Rae Society.

We are working hard on our plan to Save Hall of Clestrain and restore it as an international visitor centre.

Find out more about our plans.

Contact Information:

Registered Office:

The John Rae Society
Fursbreck Pottery
Orkney KW17 2JR

T: 01856 771419
E: info@johnraesociety.com