Charities and Organisations

A number of different charities and other organisations exist to promote Arthur Ransome’s life and works, or to preserve some of the boats or other items connected to him.

  • The Arthur Ransome Club (ARC) was founded in Tokyo, Japan, in 1987. It is believed to be the first organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating the works of Arthur Ransome. View the website here.
  • The Arthur Ransome Society (TARS) was formed in 1990 to celebrate and promote Arthur Ransome’s life and his interests in exploring, camping, sailing, navigation, leadership, literature and much more. It offers a variety of regional and national events and activities, as well as regular publicatons, to its members, and has overseas groups in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the U.S.A, and is now the owner of the Swallow and Amazon dinghies from the 1974 Swallows and Amazons film. View the website here.
  • The Arthur Ransome Trust (ART) was founded in 2011 as a charity to help people discover and enjoy the life and works of Arthur Ransome. It is working to establish a permanent Arthur Ransome Centre in the Lake District, and is also developing exhibitions, displays and Swallows and Amazons resource materials. View the website here.

  • The Nancy Blackett Trust (NBT) was founded in 1997 as a charity to advance the education and understanding of the public in the works of Arthur Ransome, and via the provision of recreational facilities, particularly sailing and allied facilities, by preserving Arthur Ransome’s favourite yacht Nancy Blackett to be visible and accessible, and maintain her as a living vessel. View the website here.