The Scottish Treasure Trove Laws

The Scottish Treasure Trove laws are being reviewed in the new year and the NCMD have been invited to take part to ensure that the interests of our members in Scotland are represented, and to make sure that everyone has a voice in that review.  Dave Crisp and myself were invited to a meeting at […]

PAS Conference 2023

“The contribution of detector finds to archaeology”. This year’s PAS conference was held at the Yorkshire Museum in York, with the overall theme based around the contribution that detecting finds have made to archaeology and the archaeological record. There are currently around 1.66 million finds recorded on the PAS database, of which some 97% have […]


We will be holding an EGM on Thursday 8th June, this is to discuss an amendment to the constitution regarding the two remaining regions of the NCMD.


The proposed changes to the Treasure Act (1996) was laid in front of Parliament on the 20th February in the form of a Statutory Instrument. In plain English this means that the House of Commons and the House of Lords are being given information on proposed changes to the Treasure Act for them to consider […]

Treasure Act Review – Progress update

As recently announced by Lord Parkinson, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Arts), we would like to make you aware that a new classification of treasure will soon be added to Treasure Act (1996). It will extend the current definition of treasure to include items that are over 200 years old and ‘significant’. This new […]

Latest PAS and FLO Update

Yesterday (4th Jan 2023), members of the NCMD Committee met with Michael Lewis, Head of the PAS (Portable Antiquities Scheme) and a number of regional FLO coordinators to discuss the challenges faced within the current finds recording process. These challenges in turn, cause frustrations to our members, so the NCMD is keen to help develop […]

Christmas Prize Draw

Congratulations to all of the winners in our yearly £10,000 prize draw. A full list of winning numbers are listed HERE

NCMD AGM – Sunday 12th June 2022

The Annual General Meeting of the National Council for Metal detecting will be held on Sunday 12th June 2022. The venue TBC. Please note that the role of Chair, Treasurer and Central Register Delegate are up for renewal. All nominations must be with the General Secretary by midnight on Sunday the 29th of May. Any […]