At the NCMD we love metal detecting! For over 40 years we have promoted, protected, and encouraged metal detecting for our members and the wider Metal Detecting Community.
We are formally recognised by the UK Government and play a vital role in representing members on the creation of or any changes to legislation that may affect our great hobby.
Our introduction video is a great way to get to know us and learn what we are about.
It is very important to familiarise yourself with the law and rules around metal detecting before you even leave the house on your first dig!
Our Code of Conduct video is a great starting point and will help you understand the basics.
Further reading and help is available under the Detecting Advice section on the site.
Being part of our 24,000+ membership comes with a host of benefits including:
– Insurance cover for commercial rallies/events, private & group digs.
– Public Liability Insurance up to £10m – with £0 excess
– Access to our Major Finds Excavation Fund for help with important finds
– Join our community forum, get help and advice from other members.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the public In England and Wales.
These discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past.
It is an offence to search the Thames foreshore without an appropriate permit.
For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please note, the Crown Estate no longer provides online permits to anyone wishing to go metal detecting on Crown Estate foreshore. However, their website is still a valuable source of information.
Please note we are not responsible for external links.