Repatriation of human remains

Maciej Wójtowicz made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Tunbridge Wells 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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Dear Maciej Wójtowicz

 

Acknowledgement

Our Ref: FOI F07497

Thank you for your recent email which we are handling in accordance with
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I acknowledge receipt and confirm
that we will respond within 20 working days from the date of receipt; by
no later than the 7^th January 2019

In the meantime, if you have any further queries regarding our Freedom of
Information procedures please contact the team on 01892 554077 or via
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Dear Maciej Wójtowicz

 

Re: FOI F07497

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

Please find below the response to your recent request. The information has
been provided by our Collections Development Team.

Your request:

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.

We have no non-European human remains in our collection other than a
single Egyptian mummy tooth, but this is dated beyond your 1000 year
threshold

 

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

a.)   Canada

b.)   New Zealand

c.)   Australia

 

We have no human remains from Canada, New Zealand or 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?

We have not received any requests for repatriation of human remains

 

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?

We have not proactively repatriated any human remains

 

I hope this information is helpful and if there is anything further I can
help with please contact me on 01892 554077 or via email to
[1][email address] 

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we have dealt with your request, you can request a review.   Please write
to Patricia Narebor, Head of Legal Partnership and Monitoring Officer at
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[2][email address]  requesting a review of the
decision.

We will aim to deal with your request within 20 working days. If you
remain dissatisfied following our review, you can then appeal to the
Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Jessica Cox LLB

Corporate Governance Assistant

 

T: 01892 554077 ext: 4077

E: [3][email address]

Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1RS

 

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