Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disease. The underlying symptoms are treated with a range of therapies but currently, none of these slow, stop or reverse the progression of the disease.

In many instances Metal Detecting is seen as therapy. In the past I have highlighted this subject many times, but here’s one written by Sylvia Druett.

71 year-old Jim Druett who, at the time, was a member of Camberley and Bagshott and also Farnham and District MDC’s, has Parkinson’s disease.

This blog was written in August 2015 and worth a reprise. Jim will be now 77 or thereabouts. I’m pleased the Druett’s have given their approval for me to reprise their story for new detectorists, many of whom won’t have seen the original.

Jim isn’t computer savvy, so wife Sylvia has transcribed his words

Jim Druett
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“Half Interesting” Bottle Cap

History can be sometimes missed unless we take a closer look at what we unearth and sometimes simple research can lead us to discover ‘treasure’ in what was previously considered as ‘junk’.

The title above is an understatement. A post on the Australian forum Dirt Fishing attracted my attention. It was entitled, More of the Same. Not exactly a ‘come-on’ for the readers. Nestling amongst a group of indistinguishable coins in a rather poor picture was an intriguing bit of Aussie social history.

The writer ‘Heath‘, also known as ‘Coffscratcher’ (don’t ask!) described it as … “an old bottle cap I thought was half-interesting”A simple bit of research revealed that it was probably his star find that day, and very interesting. This is what he found …

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Alan Turing’s Treasure

Like all fascinating treasure stories, there is a map …

The announcement by the Royal Mint about a new polymer £50 banknote released on the 23 June this year (2021), featuring the scientist Alan Turing, was the reminder for this blog post. Incidentally, the date coincides with what would have been the computer pioneer and wartime code breaker’s birthday.

There is a fascinating and well-written tale, ‘Turing’s Treasure’ seen in a 1993 Searcher magazine, part of the series on ‘Lost Hoards.’ The author was Colin P Hennell. I have worked on a new, expanded version of my original story, which I hope you will find interesting.

Alan Turing was an English mathematician who contributed significantly to modern computer science just before the Second World War


I never expected to come across a true (allegedly) story about Alan Turing, the brilliant computer scientist. Colin P Hennell tells the story of how Turing decided to protect his wealth in time of war by burying a silver hoard of money and bullion, only to lose track of the time and place where it was buried. He had built his own metal detector, but failed to find the spot.

Just before the Second World War he transferred to the wartime Code breaking section at Bletchley Park where he became the mastermind behind the world’s first electronic computer, code-named Colossus.

Bletchley Park was the home of British code-breaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict. Picture by John Winter
Computer at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire c. 1943. You can see why it was called COLOSUSS From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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