Welcome to the DIGGING UP THE PAST web site.....
Digging Up The Past arranges and hosts metal detecting rallies with a view to recovering and preserving artefacts that form an important part of our heritage.
We are keen to find and preserve our history and to do this we work closely with our local Finds Liaison Officer representing the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
DUTP actively encourages significant finds to be recorded with PAS which contributes to building up a 'bigger picture' of our local history.
We pride ourselves on our responsible approach to metal detecting and the contribution we can make to improving knowledge whilst, at the same time, providing an enjoyable and informative environment for members to enjoy the extremely fascinating and exciting hobby of metal detecting.
Digging Up The Past is fast establishing itself as the premier detecting club in Northamptonshire. The membership is steadily growing and the portfolio of undetected land available to choose from increases almost daily. We feel that it's only coins that should be hammered and not the fields!
We've received a number of queries from both existing and prospective members:
why NCMD only and why the PNC checks? The answers to both of these questions are
quite straightforward. At the moment, the FID is going through a transition
period and will inevitably take some time to settle in. We want to ensure our
members are covered by a policy that is current, consistent and will therefore
cover us through this transition period. Once the FID is re-established then we
will of course review this policy and amend if necessary. The need for PNC
checks is equally straightforward: we do what we can to get the best land for
our members at as reasonable a membership/dig fee as possible within the
framework of a well-run, responsible and enjoyable club environment. To be
eligible for this 5-star treatment we ask that we have the best members that we
can possibly have (a fair request, we feel) and a PNC check goes some way to
meeting this requirement and ensuring we know all that we can about applicants
to the benefit of all club members. We have a duty of care for all our
membership which a PNC check is only a part of, as well as insistance on an
insurance policy (e.g. NCMD), ensuring health and safety requirements are met,
responsible metal detecting guidelines are adhered to, legal requirements
regarding the Treasure Act are known and obeyed, the importance of PAS recording
is known and appreciated and so on. We feel it's elements like this that put
DUTP into the 'premier league' of detecting clubs within the UK and why the
waiting lists to join are always full!
wishing to attend any up and coming open digs or rallies please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Unlimited spaces and
more planned - watch this space!
DUTP supports Help for Heroes and other charities at rallies held
Visit the DUTP fundraising page by clicking HERE