Treasure Act 1996

This Act deals with finds of treasure in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It obliges finders of objects which constitute ‘treasure’ to report their find to their local coroner, who determines whether the find constitutes treasure or not. ‘Treasure’ is defined here.

The Act is relevant to museums which are offered treasure as potential acquisitions, often as a result of a chance find or as part of an archaeological archive. In both cases the museum must ensure that the requirements of the Treasure Act have been followed.

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Date created: 1996

Author: UK Government