Welcome to the NCMD website. Here you will find information on clubs, membership, the Treasure Act, in fact everything you will need to know about the hobby and the National Council for Metal Detecting.

Please read the "Introduction to Metal Detecting" courtesay of Treasure Hunting magazine.
And for those of you who are technically minded There is a very informative article by Bruce Candy Co- founder of Minelab. This article offers an insight into the basic theory and electronics of metal detectors.

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How a metal detector works minelabpdf



'Beyond The Beep' is formally
approved as an Affiliate member of the NCMD.

You can contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111. Talking to one of our advisors helps you provide the full picture and makes sure the best use can be made of your information.


The Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH) is a new voluntary national network which will take forward initiatives to tackle heritage crime and galvanise local action as part of the Heritage Crime Initiative




The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. Every year many thousands of objects are discovered, many of these by metal-detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past.

Their website provides background information on the Portable Antiquities Scheme, news articles, events listings and access to our database of objects and images of finds.

crown est

Online Permit Now Available
click here Anyone wishing to go metal detecting on Crown Estate foreshore will require a permit.

This page contains a brief description of The Crown Estate’s general position regarding metal detecting and treasure hunting on our foreshore.

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Advice For Finders of Archaeological Objects and The Treasure Act Code of Practice

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A Code of Practice on Responsible Metal Detecting in England and Wales, which has been agreed by all key archaeological bodies metal detecting and landowners’ organisations.

It is an offence to search the Thames foreshore without an appropriate. permit. There are different types of permit available. For more information

Tel Ken Jackleman on 01474 562339


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