Repatriation of human remains

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Maciej Wójtowicz

Dear Sir or Madam

REPATRIATION OF HUMAN REMAINS

I am carrying out some research into the storage, retention and repatriation of non-European ethnological human remains held in UK regional museums or archives some of which are owned, managed or funded by UK local authorities.

To assist with this could you please let me have the following information under the Freedom of Information Act. All of these questions relate to human remains that are under 1,000 years of age. If your organisation is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act please consider supporting this research anyway and providing the information voluntarily. A link to the research will be provided to all contributers when it is published:

1. How many non-European human remains do you have in your collection or collections managed by organisations which you fund or control? If you do not have the exact number then please provide an approximation based on your normal method of counting.

2. How many human remains do you have in your collection which originated in:
a. Canada
b. New Zealand
c. Australia

3. How many requests for the repatriation of human remains have you had from communities, individuals or institutions outside of Europe since the Human Tissue Act 2004 came into force?

4. Of these requests, how many were:
a. Approved in full, with all of the requested remains being returned to the communities/individuals in question.
b. Approved in part with some of the requested remains being returned.
c. Not approved.
d. Still awaiting a decision.

5. For those requests which were not approved please provide a copy of the final decision letter setting out the reasons.

6. How many human remains have you repatriated to their country of origin proactively without receiving a request?

Thanking you in advance for your assistance with this important research project which should help to reconnect numerous Indigenous communities with their lost ancestors.

Yours faithfully

Maciej Wójtowicz

WWW: FOI, Caerphilly County Borough Council

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Thank you for your recent FOI / EIR request.  Please find attached an
acknowledgement for this request.

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WWW: FOI, Caerphilly County Borough Council

Dear Maciej Wójtowicz

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information received on 7th December 2018.
We have considered your request and enclose the following information -

1.How many non-European human remains do you have in your collection or
collections managed by organisations which you fund or control? If you do
not have the exact number then please provide an approximation based on
your normal method of counting.

None. We currently have are one cremation, potentially a Roman soldier on
loan from the National Museum of Wales

2. How many human remains do you have in your collection which originated
in:

a. Canada

b. New Zealand

c. Australia

None

3.How many requests for the repatriation of human remains have you had
from communities, individuals or institutions outside of Europe since the
Human Tissue Act 2004 came into force?

None

4.Of these requests, how many were:

a.Approved in full, with all of the requested remains being returned to
the communities/individuals in question.

b.Approved in part with some of the requested remains being returned.

c.Not approved.

d.Still awaiting a decision.

Not applicable

5.For those requests which were not approved please provide a copy of the
final decision letter setting out the reasons.

Not applicable

6. How many human remains have you repatriated to their country of origin
proactively without receiving a request?

None    

We supply this information based on your original request.  If this is not
what you wanted or if you feel we have not fully understood your request
please do not hesitate to contact me to clarify your exact requirements.

If you have any queries or concerns or are in any way dissatisfied with
the handling of your request please contact [1][Caerphilly County Borough Council request email].

Yours sincerely

GARETH GRIFFITHS

Corporate Information Governance Unit

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations
2004

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