You cannot use metal dectectors in any open spaces owned or managed by us, due to the archaeological status of our city and the concern to public safety.

Metal detectors and the law

You don’t need a licence to use a metal detector in the UK, but there are laws about their use.

Using a metal detector is:

Metal detector finds and treasure

Ideally, any finds should be reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Through the scheme, your local Finds Liaison Officer will help you identify finds and give advice on conservation.

Certain types of find must be reported to our Coroner's Office within 14 days. Finds declared as ‘treasure’ by the Coroner become the property of the British Museum and you will be paid a percentage of their value.

Any gold or silver objects, or groups of coins over 300 years old. are classed as ‘treasure’ and must be reported under the Treasure Act 1996.

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