At the Rescue AGM there’ll be a session on a proposed Institute of Detectorists and whether it would “aid revision of the Treasure Act & implementation of the Valetta Convention”. It might save time if everyone said: “yes, if members complied with Rescue’s recent proposals”.

The panel discussion which follows may be interesting because it includes Tony Howe of Surrey County Council. They have a clear policy on detecting on their land: “An applicant will be considered to be part of an ongoing archaeological survey of SCC properties. Applicants will in particular be expected to have a proven track record in reporting and recording. Finds would normally remain the property of Surrey County Council.” That’s awkward. How many Institute members would be happy with “all finds must stay with the landowner”?

Sadly this year for the first time in a while we won’t have a presence at the AGM.  Oh to be a fly on the wall during discussion or indeed when a member of the proposed Institute asks Surrey Council if he can detect on its land!

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More Heritage Journal views on artefact collecting
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