There has been lots of commentary about the Association of Detectorists (AoD) and the proposed Institute of Detectorists flying round in the last few weeks. We chose to stay quiet because we had already stated our views and now wanted to give you the space to make your own minds up.
You have now spoken and your views were very clear and loud – you do not want any new detecting body, and certainly not one being advised almost exclusively by archeologists. We were also humbled by the support you gave to the NCMD too – thank you!
But we think some people are still unsure on what is going on and who to believe about the AoD.
If that is you (and even if it isn’t!) please read this article by Peter Spencer. It proves what we were saying – this is back door licensing of our hobby. If you weren’t sure before that you should reject this new body then you will be after you’ve read this!