The Appleby-in-Westmorland Society was formed in 1990 and has, since then, been concerned with matters which affect the town, the surrounding area and the people. Its aims include the promotion of high standards of planning and architecture, the preservation of features of historic interest and the stimulation of interest in the geography, history and architecture of the area.

These objectives have been addressed in a variety of ways:

In 2008, following on from an earlier, very successful, History Audit, we began our Archive project. The History Audit had revealed that a great deal of interesting material about Appleby was being held by residents and several items were donated to the Society. Our collection of documents, books and photographs about Appleby continued to grow and it became obvious that it required its own storage. The search for suitable premises began and, in late 2008, we were able to lease a room in the Market Hall. This is where the collection is located – in the Appleby-in-Westmorland Archive room in the Market Hall. Volunteers are listing and boxing the collection and are creating a database catalogue of the material. Ongoing fund-raising maintains the project. Access to the Archive is by prior appointment contact us

Using material from the Archive, we contribute to the ‘Heritage Open Days’ by creating exhibitions for display in St Lawrence’s Church and Appleby Library. The exhibitions have also been displayed on other occasions at other locations such as at Society Coffee mornings and Table Top/Car Boot sales.

We have an Award Scheme whereby building and renovation projects which contribute positively to Appleby’s townscape are recognised.

Bi-monthly meetings are held in the Supper Room of the Market Hall, at which members and non-members hear a wide range of interesting and informative talks.

A Newsletter is published which includes information about the Society and a ‘History Slot’ containing articles which we hope will be of interest.

We are very pleased to help with any research projects.

The Society played a major role in the setting up of the Appleby Alliance – a partnership involving public, business and voluntary sector interests, with aims and objectives reflecting those of the Society. Although the partnership no longer exists, the Society continues to recognise and to try and achieve the aims and objectives.

If you would like to join the Society, please go to join us