Metal detector clubs in the U.K. enjoyed an upsurge in interest in 2009 when a metal detector, Terry Herbert, uncovered the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. Worth over £2.9 million, it netted its finder and the landowner more than £1.0 million each. Then in April 2010, another detector found one of the largest ever hoards of Roman coins, in a field in south-west England. An old Roman pot 52,000 coins dating from the 3rd century A.D.
South Lancs. and Cheshire
The South Lancashire and Cheshire Metal Detecting Club, with around 80 members, claims to be one of the largest U.K. clubs as well as one of the oldest. It was founded in 1978 and has raised thousands of pounds for charity as well as providing members with the opportunity to detect in private last after agreement with landowners. It meets on the first Wednesday of every month.
South Lancs. and Cheshire Metal Detecting Club
The R.A.O.B. Club
78 The High Street
Runcorn WA7 1J
The Solent Metal Detecting Club, Southhampton, holds informal meetings on the second Wednesday of each month in Waterlooille in the south of England. There are visiting speakers as well as museum liaison officers on hand to give advice. Members pay a small fee to search on owners’ land and the proceeds go to charity.
Solent Metal Detecting Club
The Scottish Artefact Recovery Group formed in 2003 and meets once a month in Bonnybridge, central Scotland, on the last Tuesday of the month. Organised searches take place one Sunday each month and members also take part in searches for lost items on request.
Scottish Artefact Recovery Group
Based in Yorkshire, the Two Dales Metal Detecting Club formed in 1993 and meets in Addingham on the first Tuesday of the month. The club is open only to members of the Federation of Independent Detectorists (F.I.D.) or the National Council of Metal Detectorists (N.C.M.D.) as such membership provides the necessary third-party insurance. New members undergo a six-month probationary period before becoming full members.
Two Dales Metal Detecting Club
Trowbridge Metal Detecting Club meets on the last Thursday of each month at The Bell in Bell Hill, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. It started around 1980 and has around 40 members of all ages. Newer members benefit from the experience of more senior members, who provide guidance and support. Competitions are held at each meeting when members bring in their finds for identification.
Trowbridge Metal Detecting Club
The Bell, Bell Hill, Seend,
Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6SA
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