Landowners Page

 

The Wrexham Heritage Society (WHS) are a dedicated group of metal detecting enthusiasts who believe in rediscovering our past from un-stratified layers of land, saving the artefacts from the corrosive effects of soil, agro chemicals and damage caused by above all the ravages of time.

 

The club is a member of the National Council for Metal Detecting, associate members of The Landowners Association and The National Council for Physical Recreation.

 

The club would be very grateful if you could read the enclosed document, which details the purpose of the club and the governance and rules to which the club / club Members adhere to. This includes careful respect to the land and any livestock (please see details within the document).

 

The club would also be very grateful if you could please consider allowing the club to hold a detecting event on your land. This permission would be for an initial single club detecting event on an agreed date, normally a Saturday or Sunday. No further detecting would take place without a further agreement with you. A payment, made by each member of the club attending the event, would be passed to yourself on the day of the event.

 

If you would be willing to agree for the club to run a detecting event on your land then we would be very grateful if you could please contact the club on 01691 656 566, via email at wrexhamhs@gmail.com or visit the club’s website at www.wrexhamhs.co.uk - please see Landowner’s section. One of the club’s members will then contact you to firm up a suitable date for the detecting event. The club member will need to check a few details about the land as part of the event, including:

 

 

We hope that the enclosed pack will provide sufficient information on the club and the respect we have for landowners, land, farm animals and the official regulations. We look forward to hearing from you soon and would like to thank you for your time in reading this information. If you decide that you do not want to allow the club on your land then we fully respect your decision and will not contact you about this again.

 

Many thanks

 

Roy Griffiths

Chairman - Wrexham Heritage Society

 

 

 

 

WHO ARE THE WREXHAM HERITAGE SOCIETY AND WHAT DO THEY DO?

The Wrexham Heritage Society (WHS) are a dedicated group of metal detecting enthusiasts who believe in rediscovering our past from un-stratified layers of land, saving the artefacts from the corrosive effects of soil, agro chemicals and damage caused by above all the ravages of time.

 

The club is a member of the National Council for Metal Detecting, associate members of The Landowners Association and The National Council for Physical Recreation.

 

The club is a well organised, social group of likeminded individuals who all have an interest in the past and the history of their region. Much of their work involves the local community where they provide exhibitions and support local charities, notably the hospices in their area.

 

The WHS work in close co-operation with the Portable Antiquities Scheme via the service provided by the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT) in Welshpool and they attend often our monthly meetings. In 2013 the WHS was awarded a National Lottery grant which has helped enormously with the day to day running of the club and particularly how we document finds.

 

All members of the club are insured by the National Council for Metal Detecting, providing insurance up to £10,000,000.

 

As a heritage Society our aim is to pursue our hobby and give people an insight into what we do by delivering talks, arranging demonstrations and exhibitions.

 

Our club is 100% non- profit making. All our donations go directly to the land owner who can either donate to a chosen charity or keep to help with the day to day running expenses of the farm. We meet at a village community centre in Wrexham on the first Wednesday every month.

 

Our club members are always willing to help farmers and members of the public find lost items.

 

 

HOW ARE “DIGS” ORGANISED?

A dig, which is what we term the Metal Detecting events, is arranged with the agreement of a landowner for a certain date. The site is assessed for any historical information in the web etc. The dig is usually held on a Saturday or Sunday and each member of the club contributes £2.45, all of which is passed onto the landowner. The club has around 30 members however the number attending a dig varies with 10 to 15 traveling in a maximum of around 10 cars being the norm. It is usual for the cars to be parked in the landowner’s field if possible, so as not to obstruct traffic.

 

We have a very strict code of conduct and we ensure that all of our members abide by it. We advocate methods of recovery that cause minimal damage to the land and our aim is always to make good any of the small holes we dig and leave no trace of our activities. We always respect the land, property and animals, closing any gates etc behind us. A member of our committee is always in charge of the dig and will make sure that all society rules are adhered to.

 

WHAT HAPPENS TO DIG FINDS?

The normal agreement between the club and the landowners is as follows:

1.All members contribute £2.50 to attend the Dig and 100% of this is provided to the landowner regardless of any finds.

2.Any object deemed NOT to be “Treasure” is kept by the individual who locates it. This would normally be of a low value as it is not deemed to be “Treasure”.

3.Any object(s) found that are deemed to be “Treasure”, as determined by the Treasure Act 1996, shall be dealt with in accordance with the procedures as laid down with the Treasure Act 1996. Full details of the Treasure Act can be found at the Web address below:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1996/24/contents

 

The high level process would be that the item(s) will be reported to both the landowner and the authorities. The authorities will then assess the item(s) and will decide if the item is “Treasure” and if so whether or not a Museum would want to keep the item(s). If a Museum decides that it wants to keep the item(s) then they will offer the landowner and finder the face value of the item(s). This would normally be shared on a 50/50 basis. If no Museum wanted the item then this would be handed back to the finder and the value of the item(s) would be shared with the Landowner on a 50/50 basis.

 

 

 

MEANING OF “TREASURE” – AS STATED BY THE TREASURE ACT 1996

 

 

(1)Treasure is—

(2) Treasure does not include objects which are;

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