Open consultation

Revising the definition of treasure in the Treasure Act 1996 and revising the related codes of practice


A consultation on proposals which would update the Treasure Act 1996 Codes of Practice, revise the Act’s definition of treasure and commence relevant provisions in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

This consultation deals with proposed changes to the Treasure Act 1996 (‘the Act’), its associated Codes of Practice (‘the Codes’) and the process for finds that may be treasure following a review of the treasure process. The aim of the Act is to ensure that important archaeological items are preserved in public collections.

We propose to improve the treasure process so that it is more efficient, that it is focused on the aim of preserving significant finds for public collections, and that it is more rational and easier to understand. We are also keen to ensure that there is a sustainable future for the treasure process.

The aim of the consultation is to gather views on the proposed changes, and obtain information that will help us to assess the impact of these changes on groups and individuals. We also ask for opinions, suggestions and evidence which will support the development of future policies on the Act, the Codes and the treasure process.

Please Note

When replying by email or written response, please follow the instructions for emails on pages 9 and 10 of the consultation document. If you do not include all the information requested, including the declaration on the Disclosure of Responses statement your response will be rendered invalid, in which case your consultation response may not be considered.


Consultation on the revision of the definition of treasure in the Treasure Act 1996 and the related codes of practice

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Treasure Consultation
Cultural Property Team
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Published 1 February 2019