Repatriation of human remains

Maciej Wójtowicz made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Cyngor Caerdydd as part of a batch sent to 265 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Sir or Madam


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

Cyngor Caerdydd

Annwyl Mr Wójtowicz

Diolch am eich cais.

Cyfeirnod eich ymholiad yw: FOI12749

Os bydd angen unrhyw wybodaeth ychwanegol arnom er mwyn prosesu eich cais byddwn yn cysylltu â chi.

Mae’r Cyngor yn ceisio delio â’ch cais o fewn y fframiau amser statudol.

Dyfynnwch y cyfeirnod hwn os oes angen i chi gysylltu â ni yn gysylltiedig â’ch cais, mae manylion cyswllt y Cyngor isod.
Dear Mr Wójtowicz

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

Your query has been assigned the Reference: FOI12749

Should we require any additional information in order to process your request we will contact you.
The Council aims to deal with your request within the statutory timeframes.

Please quote this reference number if you need to contact us regarding your request, the Council's contact details are below.

Information Governance Team- Tim Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth
City of Cardiff Council - Cyngor Dinas Caerdydd
Room/Yst 357, County Hall/Neuadd y Sir
CF10 4UW
[Cardiff Council request email]/[email address]

Cyngor Caerdydd

1 Atodiad

Annwyl Mr Wójtowicz

Rydym wedi atodi ymateb i’ch cais : FOI12749.

Os ydych yn anfodlon ar ymateb y Cyngor mae gennych hawl i ofyn am adolygiad mewnol.

Os gwnewch hyn bydd angen ei gyfeirio at y Rheolwr Gweithredol, Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth a Risg.

Bydd angen i chi nodi’r rhesymau dros yr adolygiad a sut y credwch nad yw’r Cyngor wedi cydymffurfio â’r Ddeddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth.

Dear Mr Wójtowicz

Please find attached a response to your request : FOI12749.

If you are dissatisfied with the Council’s response you have a right to request an internal review.

If you request an internal review this will need to be made in writing addressed to the Operational Manager, Information Governance & Risk.

You will need to set out the reasons for the review and how you believe the Council has not complied with the Freedom of Information Act

Information Governance Team- Tim Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth
City of Cardiff Council - Cyngor Dinas Caerdydd
Room/Yst 357, County Hall/Neuadd y Sir
CF10 4UW
[Cardiff Council request email]/[email address]