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Lobbying for better treasure trove regulation
« on: October 11, 2021, 01:12:34 PM »
This thread is a follow-up of the WoC grand event of October 2021, where we asked ourselves the question: Taking the UK Treasure Act 1996 and Portable Antiquities Scheme as an example, are there possibilities for academics and collectors to lobby governments for better regulation?

To answer that question, the following sequential steps seem to impose themselves:
  • Find volunteers (this project will not go forward without them, academics are very welcome.)
  • Identify the key characteristics of the UK model
  • Write a position paper (I can help here; I have experience doing this)
  • Select a target country
  • Find WoC members and academics with a network in the target country
  • Find targets for the position paper
  • Lobby

The above is schematic and repeatable. It should be interpreted with much flexibility for circumstances and developments.

The basic deal is: "you write better regulation, you get better information. Finders are rewarded. Vital pieces remain in the hands of government institutions, non-vital pieces are sold off". The objective is to get things moving, preferably in the direction of the model (remember that getting an issue on the table is half the work.)

Let's take the first step. We are looking for volunteers, preferably with experience in a government institution, NGO or lobbying organisation, to stimulate, coordinate and follow projects.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.