In Search of Artifacts - Requesting Permission for Metal Detecting on Private Land

This letter is a request for permission from the landowner or occupier to use a metal detector on their land in search of artifacts and relics. The letter introduces the writer's personal background and interests, expresses their enthusiasm for local history, and outlines their commitment and respect, including adherence to relevant regulations, careful use of the land, and sharing any discoveries with the landowner. The letter also mentions the possibility of a collaboration agreement and offers of complimentary services, as well as an invitation for further communication and discussion with the landowner. Overall, the letter aims to request cooperation in order to conduct metal detecting on the land and share the discovered historical artifacts and heritage.





Greetings! I hope this letter finds you well. My name is [YOUR NAME], and I am reaching out to you to explain my request. I wanted to ensure that I respected your privacy and did not intrude in any way.

I understand that I am currently a stranger to you, and you know nothing about me. Therefore, I would like to provide you with some details about myself, if I may.

(I would like to insert a few personal things here, for example)

I am [AGE] years old and reside in [TOWN OR VILLAGE]. I am an avid history enthusiast, passionate about learning about our heritage. My goal is to expand this knowledge and share it with others.

So far, I have delved into the local history of [TOWN/VILLAGE LAND IS LOCATED IN], and with your help, I would love to learn more.

I am writing to request permission to access your land and use a metal detector. This will enable me to search for any local artifacts and relics that may be present, allowing me to gain further insights into our local ancestors. I am eager to share these discoveries with others. When I locate a target, my metal detector is highly accurate and ensures that I remove the smallest possible plug of soil or turf.

Once I recover an artifact, I am meticulous about carefully replacing any loose soil and turf, leaving no trace of disturbance. The same level of consideration and care is applied when searching on plowed land.

I have a deep respect for the country code and hold great reverence for nature. I always abide by the metal detecting code of practice, which is agreed upon by the National Farmers' Union and the National Council for Metal Detecting. Additionally, I carry public liability insurance, providing coverage up to [AMOUNT OF INSURANCE. DELETE STATEMENT IF NONE].

I am fully committed to complying with any rules, restrictions, and boundaries you may set. I hold the utmost respect for your land, property, and animals. I assure you that I will always report to you before entering your land to ensure it is not inconvenient for you.

In the event that I discover any artifacts of value (including those covered by the Treasure Act 1996), the standard agreement between yourself as the landowner and myself would be an equal share of any monetary reward. I have attached an example agreement for you to review at your convenience, and I hope you find it fair and acceptable.

Anything I find on your land will be promptly reported to you.

[OPTIONAL OFFER OF FREE SERVICES] In addition, as a gesture of goodwill, I am willing to offer you a few complimentary services. This includes attempting to recover any items on your land that you or a family member may have lost, such as jewelry or tools. I am also willing to assist in removing litter, nails, and sharp objects during my searches. Furthermore, I am available to lend an extra set of hands when I am available, should you require any assistance.

If you are open to giving me a chance, please feel free to contact me via phone, email, or by writing back. I have included a self-addressed stamped envelope for your convenience.

If you would like me to call you to discuss things further and answer any questions you may have, please let me know.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Yours sincerely,