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

foi, South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Wójtowicz

Your FOI Request was received by South Tyneside Council on the 7th December 2018

I write to confirm that a decision about your request will be made within 20 working days from the date we received your request. Should there be any delays or discrepancies with your request then this will be communicated to you in due course.

If you have any further queries regarding this matter then please do not hesitate to contact the FOI team on [South Tyneside Council request email] or 0191 424 6539 and quote the reference number FOI 18.20425

Regards

Information Governance
South Tyneside Council

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foi, South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Sir or Madam

Please find attached the Council’s response to your Freedom of Information Request.

Regards

Information Governance
South Tyneside Council

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