AR 009Welcome to the website of The Arthur Ransome Society (TARS)

Arthur Ransome was the celebrated author of the 12 “Swallows and Amazons” stories – written for young people of all ages. But he was much more: bohemian, media correspondent during the Russian Revolution, spy, sailor, fisherman, pipe smoker…

The Society exists to celebrate his life and to promote his interests in exploring, camping, sailing, navigation, leadership, literature and much more.



An antidote to Coronovirus?    Social Isolation in Winter Holiday

The TARS 2020 IAGM has had to be postponed to September 25-27.  The SW committee will be organising refunds shortly.

For more details, click here.


PayPal is now working for transferring money eg for paying subscriptions

Suggestions on how to navigate the site

To learn more about the Society, click here

To become a member of the Society, click here

If you are a member of the Society and wish to have a logon to enable you to access resources in the Members Only pages, click here

If you are a member of the Society and wish to access resources in the Members Only pages, log on, then click here  (ignore crossing out)

To navigate to your Regional Pages, click here

To view the Society’s Child Safeguarding Policy, click here

To find out what events are happening in your Region, Click on the Calendar tab or the event in the right-hand sidebar

To pay money to the Society for membership subscriptions (new and renewals), services (including the TARS Stall) and donations, click here

To learn more about Arthur Ransome, click here

Popular links in the TARS section of this site include:

Information about International AGM in Lechlade

Booking form for IAGM

Information about Literary Weekends

Information about Society Publications

Links to the Society’s Regions

Information about the ‘Junior Adventure Fund (in memory of Bridget)’

TARS Library, offering a lending service to Society members.

TARS Stall (Society Stall),  which offers a wide range of Ransome-related items.

The Red Slipper Research Fund, making research grants to members

If you have any questions about TARS, please feel free to contact us at mailto:tarsinfo@arthur-ransome.org.uk,  and we will do our best to help.


Popular links in the Arthur Ransome section of this site include:

Biography of Arthur Ransome.

An outline bibliography of his published works.

Suggested further reading about Arthur Ransome

Information about museum and archive resources relating to Arthur Ransome

Timeline of Arthur Ransome’s life

AR’s sailing life

Then and now – scenes from We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea

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