Nick Johnson, the county's historic environment manager and county archaeologist who received an MBE in the Queen's 2007 honours list has been given the award by Prince Charles at an Investiture at Buckingham Palace.

Nick, who lives in Devoran, helped to start the archaeology service in Cornwall in 1975. "It was a thrill to meet the Duke of Cornwall. We talked about his visit to Cornwall earlier this year to celebrate the Inscription of the World Heritage Site. I was able to tell him that the engine house which he visited at Holmbush Mine, near Kelly Bray had already been conserved and that the whole site was now available for public recreation," he said.

Nick has been the county archaeologist since 1988. The work his department does now ranges from prehistoric monuments to World War Two pillboxes, from churches to chapels, from milestones to mines.

Nick has a BSc in Geography from Bristol, and an MA in Archaeology from Sheffield, he is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a former chairman of the National Trust Archaeology Panel and currently sits on the English Heritage Advisory Committee.

Nick was accompanied to the palace by his wife Caroline, son William and mother in law Elaine.