Welcome to North of the Tyne Detecting!
North of the Tyne Detecting is a group based in the North East of England, created by detectorists for detectorists.The club holds regular weekend digs, and hosts a friendly online Facebook community of over 3,800 detectorists, and a platform to share their experiences, tips, pictures of their finds, and generally discuss all things detecting-related.Everyone is welcome to join, from the seasoned detectorist to the complete newbie!
This website provides lots of information about North of the Tyne Detecting, including details of our upcoming Detectorcon Rally, how the club started, how to join us, our club digs and rules, and our sponsors.If you have a question but can't find the answer on our website then please feel free to contact us.
Who we are and what we do!
North of the Tyne Detecting is a group based in the North East of England, created by detectorists for detectorists.
The club holds regular weekend digs, and hosts a friendly online community of over 3,100 detectorists, and a platform to share their experiences, tips, pictures of their finds, and generally discuss all things detecting-related.
How it all began...
North of the Tyne Detecting was founded in 2018 by Scotty Bea, to welcome people new to the hobby and provide them with support and land to search.
Scotty had acquired permission to search on a huge area of land, more than any one person could cover alone in their lifetime, and saw this as a great opportunity to extend the invitation to others.Starting as a small Facebook group, the club has since become one of the largest and most well-known in the UK, with over 3,800 members and supported by a number of big-name sponsors.
A friendly & helpful community...
North of the Tyne Detecting is a very friendly and sociable group, and welcomes all members new and old to the hobby. With regular weekend digs and club meetings, it offers a chance to meet other detectorists and make new friends.Our Facebook group offers a place to share your experiences and pictures of your finds, read and post interesting articles, ask questions, and get advice on finds identification.
Details of all club digs are posted on the Events Page, and we have a vast gallery of member's finds.Helping each other and having fun is the underlying motivation and aim of the club.
Giving something back to the community is also central to the heart of North of the Tyne Detecting.Many of our digs are run to raise money for local and national charities and we have also run competitions and sold branded items to help raise funds for a number of good causes, including The Percy Hedley Foundation and Cancer Research.
At our Detectorcon 2021 rally we raised £3200 for Children North East!
At our Detectorcon 2022 rally we raised £6,450 for Cash for Kids!
At our Detectorcon 2023 rally we raised £7,100 for Cash for Kids!
In 2019, funds raised by North of the Tyne Detecting were used to purchase much-needed kit for a local children's football team - in the west end of Newcastle.
With the help of our members, we also donated £500 to a local children's judo club to enable them to compete in a championship competition in Holland.The young athletes did very well and brought a number of trophies back home to the UK!
At our 2021 Christmas dig we collected selection boxes and raised money that was used to buy toys and gifts for children at the local Newcastle hospital!
A responsible club...
North of the Tyne Detecting understand the importance of archaeology and history, and the need to respect and not damage the land you explore. We have a strict set of club rules for our digs that all members must abide by.We insist that all members obtain insurance to participate in our club digs, and that you take the time to read and follow the NCMD Code of Conduct on all your digging ventures, both with us and otherwise.We also wish to highlight the importance of having your finds recorded, and in particular the legal requirement for all items considered treasure to be handed in for proper professional assessment. This is done via the Portable Antiquity Scheme, and we strongly encourage you all to take the time to read through their website for the latest rules and guidelines. We have a FLO (Finds Liason Officer) that works closely with the club to help members with this process, and we are happy to assist you if you need any help.We do not condone detecting on land that searchers do not have permission to be on (aka 'hawking').
Become a member of North of the Tyne Detecting!
North of the Tyne Detecting is a very friendly and sociable group, and welcomes all members new and old to the hobby.With regular weekend digs and club meetings, it offers a chance to meet other detectorists and make new friends.Our Facebook Page offers a place to share your experiences and pictures of your finds, read and post interesting articles, ask questions, and get advice on finds identification.Details of all club digs are posted on the Events Page, and we have a vast gallery of member's finds.
How to join...
Club membership is done via Facebook.Simply follow the Facebook link above or at the bottom of this page, and hit "Join".Or search for "North of the Tyne Detecting".An admin will then approve your request, and you will have access to our fantastic online community and details of all our club digs!Everyone is welcome everyone to join, from the seasoned detectorist to the complete newbie.Children are also welcome to attend our club digs, providing that they are accompanied by a responsible adult - it's a great way to teach kids about history and get them out in the fresh air!
Join us in the fields!
We hold regular weekend club digs - and all members are welcome to attend. Please note that all dig participants require valid liability insurance to join our digs, e.g. FID/NCMD.Details of all upcoming digs are posted on our Facebook Events page - so be sure to keep an eye on that to find out more.
About our club digs...
Getting out and digging with like-minded people, is what it's all about!
We work hard to obtain permissions for our club members to dig on land in the historically-rich north-east region, and our digs have produced some great finds.We aim to provide a fun and friendly atmosphere, and welcome everyone from the seasoned detectorist to the complete newbie.
Children are also welcome to attend our digs, providing that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
Our team of marshals are on hand to offer help and advice, and ensure that everyone follows the club rules, particularly with regards to following the NCMD code of conduct. We also urge all members to familiarise themselves with the regulations for reporting historic artifacts, and we can help you report items for recording with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Getting to the digs...
We post maps and postcodes of dig locations on our Facebook Event page.
Parking is always available on site, either on hard-standing or grass.If you don't have access to your own car - then we suggest posting a message on our Facebook page to find others in your area that can share lifts.
Everyone is very friendly, and with such a large community of members, it is easy to find someone local to attend digs with.If you need any further information about our club digs, and you can't find the answers on our Facebook pages, then please feel free to contact us.
If you are a landowner, and you would like our club to search on your land, please do get in touch!We offer a generous reward for allowing us to hold digs on your land, and if a significant find or treasure is uncovered then the value is of course split with the land-owner!
DETECTORCON 4 2024
Detectorcon 4 is yet to be announced, please check back here or on our facebook group for updates!
Detectorcon and COVID 19
North of the Tyne Detecting considers the safety of all its members and rally attendees to be a top priority.
We will therefore be keeping a close eye on the latest COVID developments and Government legislation, and ensuring that we comply with all neccesary measures.
Take a look at some of the highlights from our previous Detectorcon events below, to see what you can expect.
There are lots of videos available on YouTube too!
Club rules for all digs...
In addition to the NCMD Code of Conduct and regulations set out by the Portable Antiquity Scheme, North of the Tyne Detecting has a strict set of club rules that all members must abide by when on club digs. Please take a moment to read them here.
These are also posted on our Facebook Page.Marshals will be in attendance at all digs (wearing high-viz vests) to ensure that these rules are followed, and to help with the management of significant finds.RULE 1
Any finds which are considered to be “treasure” must be reported to a group dig marshal.
The definition of what constitutes “treasure” can be found on the Portable Antiquity Scheme’s website. Marshals can be easily identified by their high-viz vests.
If you find a hoard (3+ items in the same hole) you MUST report it to a group dig marshal, who will further assist you. Marshals can be easily identified by their high-viz vests.
All detectorists are required to hold valid liability insurance e.g. FID/[NCMD])https://www.ncmd.co.uk/membership/); and must be able to provide evidence of this at the dig (e.g. membership card). If you do not have a valid NCMD membership you will not be able to detect.
All detectorists must follow the Countryside Code.
All holes must be filled properly. If you are observed/reported to not fill your holes properly you will first receive a warning, then if it happens again you will be asked to leave without a refund.
Please place all rubbish in the scrap bins provided or take it home with you – do NOT leave unwanted items on top of holes.
Detectorists must stay within the allocated fields, as described by the group organisers. If you are found detecting in any land that you are not meant to be in, you will be asked to leave and all your finds will be taken from you and handed to the landowner.
The club’s contract for splitting the value of significant/treasure finds is 50% to the finder and 50% to the land-owner.The contract for Detectorcon is a split of 45% to the finder, 45% to the land-owner and 10% to the farmer.
A big shout out to all our sponsors!
North of the Tyne Detecting is proud to be sponsored by some great companies and groups - and we'd like to here say a big thank you to them, and tell you a bit more about who they are!
If you would like to sponsor North of the Tyne Detecting, and see your logo on this page and on our Facebook Page, please get in touch. We'd love to hear from you!See all our sponsors below (In no particular order)
Regton are the largest metal detector shop in the UK, with a wide selection of metal detectors and accessories.
They offer discount to all NOTTD members, and are our main sponsor at Detectorcon - you will see them in the big marquee!
The Archaeology and Metal Detecting Magazine
The Archaeology and Metal detecting magazine are a leading online source of information.
Offering multiple platforms for Archaeological, Historical and metal detecting news, articles, research areas and much more.
Our Detectorcon sponsors and stalls...
In addition to our above club sponsors, we are also very grateful to our Detectorcon rally sponsors and trade stands, without which we could not make the event as magical as it will be with them!Below is a list of our supporters that have donated raffle prizes or hosted a stand at our Detectorcon events!
We also have more sponsors and retailers lined-up to attend the next Detectorcon, and will add their details when announced.
Lindum Colonia & Ancient Lincs
Lindum Colonia and Ancient Lincs offer an extensive range of coins, artifacts, antiques and fossils. So if you are looking for some new additions to your collection, then be sure to have a look at their impressive range!As experts in the trade, they also buy and value coins and artefacts, and can help with identifying finds.
Dixon Noonan Webb
Dix Noonan Webb Ltd are the UK’s leading specialist auctioneers and valuers of banknotes, coins, tokens, medals and militaria.
They warmly welcome enquiries from all those wishing to buy or sell at auction, and are happy to provide free valuations.
If you have something you are thinking of selling at auction and/or want to find out more about the process - then this is the perfect opportunity to say hello!
If you have an item/coin you would like identifying and/or valuing, or you're thinking of selling it - then be sure to bring it along to show them at the rally!
Keeping you well fed and quenching your thirst...
Named after the famous Roman Wall that lies nearby, Hadrian's pizza will be serving up delicious neopolitan style pizza, cooked up in a wood fired oven. Fresh pizza ready in minutes.
Serving up a great range of cold foods and sandwiches - these guys will have plenty to keep you fuelled during those sunny days.
A fully licenced bar, ran by the couple behind the very first micropub in Scotland!
Loaded up with chilled beers, lagers, pale ale and ciders - both on draft and in bottles, gin dispensed through a microscope (!) and the best range of spirits you can summon up, garnishes and plenty of ice. These guys will help keep the party going!
Get in touch !
Do you have questions for us?
Do you want to know more about North of the Tyne Detecting?
Maybe you would like us to search your land, or are interested in becoming a sponsor or hosting a stall at our Detectorcon Rally...
Whatever your enquiry, we would be very happy to hear from you! Please email us directly or use the form below to contact us.Nottd2018@hotmail.com
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