Welcome to the Coventry Heritage Detector Society website.

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The Society exists to promote and carry out the fascinating hobby of metal detecting. From humble beginnings in 1978 we have grown to be the foremost metal detecting club in the Warwickshire area.

The Society meets regularly on the third Wednesday of every month at Wyken, Coventry. At these meetings members can discuss their latest expeditions and show their finds. Any news items regarding our hobby are discussed and there is usually either a slide show of finds from club digs or we show a metal detecting themed film. After a break for tea and coffee we hold a raffle and our ‘Finds’ competition.

Members may bring along their finds to these meetings and we do have some very knowledgeable members, who will always be pleased to assist with identification. Some of our club member’s finds can be seen on our finds gallery pages.

Our AGM is held in November each year when the secretary and treasurer present their annual reports, and any issues regarding the Society’s constitution etc can be raised. Officers are either nominated or re elected for a further year at the AGM.

Like other metal detecting clubs we carry out the practical side of the hobby by arranging to search on farmland for which we have previously gained permission. These searches usually take place on Sundays and we try to arrange digs fortnightly throughout the year. Our digs are restricted to full Society members and, when conditions allow, social members and invited guests only.

To help us to source farmland for our digs we offer farmers/landowners a fee for the privilege of searching on their land. The fee per member is predetermined by negotiation with the farmer/landowner and is based upon the number of persons allowed to search and the farmer's/landowner's own requirements.

Sometimes the farmer/landowner may wish to use the fees collected to donate to a charity of his/her choice and in this case we are pleased to either make the donation direct to the nominated charity or give the fees collected directly to the farmer to donate. Some prefer to use the money to help with the day to day expenses of running the farm. The choice is always at the discretion of the farmer/landowner.

Should it be the case that the farmer/landowner does not require the fees collected to be paid either to himself/herself or a nominated charity then the Society will donate the fees collected to a charity nominated by the committee.

No fees or any part of the fees are retained by the Society!

All finds that constitute treasure under the Treasure Act made by members or invited guests of the Society are required by law to be reported to the farmer/ landowner and to the Coroner within 14 days. This may be done through the Finds liaison Officer and a receipt obtained. Any finds of historical interest should be presented to the FLO (details below) to allow for recording on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database.

We have a good relationship with the local Finds Liaison Officer, Teresa Gilmour, who covers Staffordshire and the West Midlands. Teresa is based at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH . Teresa comes along to many of our meetings where she records member’s finds and assists with identification. Contact details:- Telephone: 0121 303 4636 Mobile 07766 925351 or by e-mail at teresa.gilmore@birminghammuseums.org.uk

We offer the public a free recovery service for lost items such as rings, keys and even farm machinery. Our members are only too pleased to assist with these searches and are also available to help the police with the recovery of any items for forensic purposes etc.

The Society has in the past made donations to charities, including The Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Service (WNAA), The agricultural workers' charity, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), Cancer Research, Myton Hospice, The Shakespeare Hospice,Rotary International and the Macmillan Trust.

We are able to supply speakers for illustrated talks and/or demonstrations to schools, clubs, societies etc. Please contact the secretary, contact details below, with any enquiries.

We are of course always pleased to hear from members of the farming community who may be willing to allow us to detect on their land. Once again, contact can be made via the secretary, details below.

All full Society members are also members of the National Council for Metal Detecting (NCMD) and as agreed with the National Farmer’s Union (NFU) are fully covered for Civil Liability Insurance (limit of indemnity £10,000,000) underwritten by Hiscox ( Insurance documentation can be viewed and downloaded via our downloads page). No member whether full or Social is allowed to participate in a search unless covered by the appropriate insurance as detailed above.

All Society members observe the code of conduct dictated by the National Council for Metal Detecting, copies of which can be found at the NCMD website. ( a copy of the NCMD “Code of Conduct” is also available to view on this site via our downloads page).

Contact regarding the Society can be made via the secretary
Mrs Trish Ostrowski (07910 442219)
E-mail : secretary@coventry-heritage.co.uk

All queries related to the website content should be directed to the webmaster, Mr Alan Charlish (07740 359074) E-mail : webmaster@coventry-heritage.co.uk