National Council for Metal Detecting

The recognised voice of Metal Detecting

Portable Antiquities Scheme

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.

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It is an offence to search the Thames foreshore without an appropriate permit. For more information, call Richard Rayfield on 01474 562 332 or e-mail

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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.

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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.

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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.

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