Repatriation of human remains

Maciej Wójtowicz made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Northampton Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 265 authorities

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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

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From:    Maciej Wójtowicz <[FOI #537874 email]>

Sent:     07 December 2018 16:17

To:          Requests

Subject:               Freedom of Information request - Repatriation of
human remains

 

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

 

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