European Council for Metal Detecting was formed during an international conference in Birmingham UK, on 17th of April 2016. Delegates from seven European countries – Bulgaria, France, Ireland, Jersey, Poland, Spain and United Kingdom, with the help and support from National Council for Metal Detecting, NCMD, have joined together to form a single pan-European body which aims to protect the rights of metal detectorists and at at the same time to promote responsible metal detecting practices. ECMD encourages formation of unified bodies/federations in member countries, which will be able to speak with one voice and actively contribute to a common cause. ECMD seeks to establish links and work closely with archaeologists, building a relationship on trust, mutual understanding and respect.
As described in our Constitution, ECMD objectives are:
- To promote the hobby of responsible metal detecting;
- To protect the hobby of responsible metal detecting from any sort of attack, control or legislation which may inhibit or compromise its practice throughout Europe;
- To encourage European Nations, decision makers, archaeologists, scientists and community leaders in supporting, sponsoring and embracing the hobby of responsible metal detecting., as well as in finding, promoting and strengthening synergies between institutions and detectorists;
- To organise events and research projects as well as to cooperate and participate in various events and projects when invited or requested by bodies and/or institutions;
- To actively seek out and cooperate with responsible metal detecting bodies worldwide.
- To educate and engage children and young people in activities related to responsible metal detecting and historical research.
- To actively counteract any illegal activities related to metal detecting.