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

Haringey Borough Council

Dear Wójtowicz

 

Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations Request:
LBH/8183918

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 07 December 2018.

 

This information request will be dealt with in accordance with the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations and we
will send the response by 09 January 2019

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Feedback and Information Governance

 

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Haringey Council 

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Dear Maciej Wójtowicz,

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request [our reference: LBH/8183918].

Thank you for your request for information received on 07 December 2018, in which you asked for information for your research survey about non-European ethnological human remains (under 1,000 years of age) with regard to their storage, retention and repatriation held in UK regional museums or archives owned, managed or funded by UK local authorities.

My response is given below, following the order of each question:

Question 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.
Answer: There are no non-European human remains in the museum collections owned and managed by Haringey Council.

Question 2. How many human remains do you have in your collection which originated in: a) Canada; b) New Zealand; c) Australia
Answer: There are no human remains relating to these countries in the museum collections owned and managed by Haringey Council.

Question 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?
Answer: There have been no requests received, given there are no non-European human remains within the museum collections owned and managed by Haringey Council.

Question 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.
Answer: Not applicable, given there have been no requests of this nature.

Question 5. For those requests which were not approved please provide a copy of the final decision letter setting out the reasons.
Answer: Not applicable, given there have been no requests of this nature.

Question 6. How many human remains have you repatriated to their country of origin proactively without receiving a request?
Answer: Not applicable, given there have been no requests of this nature.

If you are unhappy with how we have responded to your request you can ask us to conduct an Internal Review. If so, please contact the Feedback and Information Team. (Please note you should do so within two months of this response.)

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte Pomery
Assistant Director Commissioning

Haringey Council
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