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The National Council for Metal Detecting is a representative body of elected volunteers formed in 1981 to provide a means whereby responsible metal detector users would have a democratic forum to discuss problems affecting the hobby and to provide an authoritative voice to counter ill -informed and frequently misleading criticism of the hobby. It does not represent the trade or archaeological interests.

The NCMD has gained Government recognition as an organisation which represents metal detector users countrywide. It has played a major role in representing the views of those metal detector users to Government Departments regarding legislation affecting the hobby.

The National Council for Metal Detecting has a written Constitution which is available to all members. It is a member of the Sport + Recreation Alliance (formerly the Central Council for Physical Recreation).

CLICK HERE to download a ‘search agreement’ template that can be used once permission has been gained.