On Friday, 25th November, Appleby Town Council were delighted and honoured to host an awards ceremony for Martin Railton.  Martin was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in this year’s Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List.

This accolade was awarded to Martin for his services to archaeology and the community of Appleby-in-Westmorland, specifically as founder and facilitator of Appleby Archaeology Group, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary in January.  The award was presented by Claire Hensman, Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria [pictured left with Martin].

Over the years, Martin has chaired the Appleby Archaeology Group (AAG), coordinated other volunteers, shared his knowledge and skills, and provided training opportunities for group members to develop their archaeology awareness.

And, through the creation of AAG, he has provided opportunities for communities to discover how past people and civilisations have shaped the Cumbrian landscape, from prehistoric times to the more recent past. Since AAG was formed, hundreds of individuals have benefitted from AAG projects.

Martin said “I feel very honoured to have been awarded the British Empire Medal and I am grateful to all those who have helped me over the years to achieve so much with the local community in ApplebyI have always cared passionately about conserving both the natural and historic environment.”


Martin pictured with past chairs of the group, present committee members and
Andy Connell, Chair of Cumbria County Council who is a long time supporter of AAG