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Code of Coduct

Metal detecting code of conduct

Metal Detecting Codes of Conduct

Metal detecting is a great hobby for everyone in the UK to enjoy, it is however very important to follow the codes of conduct set out by several important organisations. These organisations help to protect us and the hobby of metal detecting and preserve our country's history. Below are some code of conduct introductory videos to watch and some direct links to their specific websites for your information.

Code of Conduct Introduction Video by the Portable Antiquities Scheme


The NCMD guide to the basic rules of metal detecting in the UK


The National Council for Metal Detecting

For over 40 years the NCMD has promoted, protected, and encouraged metal detecting for its members and the wider Metal Detecting Community.

They 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. You can obtain a metal detecting license for £8 a year and here is the link to obtain one from their website. Welcome to the NCMD - National Council for Metal Detecting

Here is also their introduction video so you can learn more about what they do.



Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is run by the British Museum and Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales to encourage the recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.

Here is a link to their website Portable Antiquities Scheme Website (finds.org.uk)

Cornwall Finds Liason Officer: Tasha Fullbrook (Museum of Cornish Life, Helston)

Tasha's email address: finds@museumofcornishlife.co.uk


Other Organisations to Learn More About

Treasure Act Code of Practice

Federation of Independent Detectorists

Council for British Archaeology