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Hall of Clestrain - John Rae Society

18 September 2021 (10:00-17:00)

19 September 2021 (10:00-17:00)


The Hall of Clestrain in Orkney is the birthplace of the Victorian Arctic Explorer Dr John Rae, who, amongst his many achievements, found the fate of the Franklin expedition and the final part of the North West Passage. He has been almost completely written out of the history books because of the reports he brought back of cannibalism amongst the crew of the Franklin expedition. These have since been proved to be true. John Rae was one of the first arctic explorers to communicate and embrace the ways of the indigenous people and because of this he was able to keep his men supplied with food and shelter during the long winters in Northern Canada.

The Hall lost its roof in 1952 the people moved out and since then it has suffered badly. In 2016 the John Rae Society raised enough money to buy the Hall and embarked on making it wind and watertight.  It is now finally starting to dry out. The Society is applying for funding to restore the Hall and to create an important Events Centre based around John Rae and the Arctic.

Key Information

Building Date: 1769

  • Orphir
  • KW16 3HB