NCMD AGM Notification

The NCMD will be holding its annual general meeting on Sunday 23rd June 2024. If you are a member of the NCMD and have any questions/items for us to discuss under AOB, please email Alan Tamblyn – General Secretary by midnight on Monday 18th June. Email:

Treasure Process Presentation

View the presentation on the treasure process from a recent meeting at the British Museum. We met with the Treasure Valuation Committee, members of the PAS (Portable Antiquities Scheme) and DCMS (Department for Culture, Media & Sports) to go through what the process entails. (Click image to open file)

NCMD Wordsearch Competition Winners

We’ve had a fantastic 463 entries, with 429 correct answers to our recent Digging Deep Wordsearch Competition. We used a random number generator to pick the three winners. Congratulations, you will receive a call to discuss your prize. 1st Prize of £500 won by Colin.R (Membership No. ending 3C4G) 2nd Prize of £350 won by […]

Treasure Process Meeting

As many of you will know, the treasure process isn’t perfect, but its purpose is important as it ensures that important historical artefacts are protected for future generations. The NCMD has been pushing for more transparency so that detectorists can have a better understanding of the process and why items can take so long to […]

NCMD has guided tour of printing facility.

NCMD Membership Secretary, David Millington, was recently invited by our printers PCS to have a guided tour of their production facility. We’d just ordered a new batch of 20,000 NCMD welcome letters and membership cards. Sales Manager, Andy Philbin talked us through the process. “The NCMD Card and Fobs are produced using 100% recycled PVC […]

PAS Cymru – Further update for Welsh Detectorists.

The NCMD has received a reply to our campaign email on the budget cuts to PAS in Wales. This response is from the office of Dawn Bowden, Deputy Minister for Arts and Culture. Thank you for your email to Dawn Bowden, Deputy Minister for Arts and Culture to express your concerns regarding the future of […]

Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales 

The NCMD have been writing to members of the Welsh Government, and associated funders in response to budget cuts that could affect the PAS service in Wales.  We have received the following response from Steve Burrow, Deputy Head of Public History & Archaeology.  “I’m writing to you in my capacity as Amgueddfa Cymru’s organizational lead […]

Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) Annual Report

The recent press launch of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) 2022 Annual Report was a great success. Hosted by Sir Mark Jones the new Head of the British Museum, there was a strong turnout. Including members of the Portable Antiquities Advisory Group, which includes the NCMD represented by Alan Tamblyn, Dave Crisp and David Millington. […]

New to metal detecting?

If you are new to the hobby of metal detecting there can be a lot to learn. These basic rules will help you get started. Our beginners guide is also full of useful information. If you have just joined as a member, why not log into our forum. It’s a great place to ask questions […]

NCMD November News Update

Recent changes to the NCMD means we have some new faces on board. The majority of the NCMD Committee and Trustees are volunteers recruited from our own members. This means they have a vested interest in the NCMD and detecting. They work hard giving up their time to ensure our great hobby remains protected. Meet […]