The Treasure Act
Introduction and background to the law
The Treasure Act 1996 came into force on 24th September 1997 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, replacing the common law of treasure trove.
Provided on these pages is a summary of the main points of this law; further information will be found in the Code of Practice on the Treasure Act, which can be obtained free of charge from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (formerly the Department of National Heritage) (Telephone: 0171 211 6200).
Metal detectorists are strongly advised to obtain a copy of the Code of Practice which, among other things, contains guidance for detectorists, sets out guidelines on rewards, gives advice on the care of finds and has lists of useful addresses.
A separate Code of Practice and leaflet has been prepared for Northern Ireland. A Welsh language version (of the leaflet) can be obtained from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport or the Welsh Office.
Information taken from the leaflet "The Treasure Act"
Printed in the UK for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
DCMSJ0229NJ. July 1997