Repatriation of human remains

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

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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

FOI, Warrington Borough Council

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Subject: Freedom of Information Act Acknowledgement: FOI/NCS/1203


Dear Mr Wojtowicz


Freedom of Information Act Request

Thank you for your request regarding the repatriation of human remains
pertaining to museums in Warrington.


Your request has been logged and a response will be with you within the
statutory 20 working days and due to Christmas closed down 24 Dec to 01
January = 7 days, the 20 day deadline will be 15 January 2019.

In the meantime if you require any further information, please do not
hesitate to contact [1]foi-n&[email address] quoting the above
reference number.


Kind regards


Families & Wellbeing Directorate

Warrington Borough Council

2nd Floor New Town House

Buttermarket Street

Warrington, Cheshire



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FOI N&C, Warrington Borough Council

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Subject: FOI Response - FOI/NCS/1203


Dear Mr Wojtowicz


RE: Freedom of Information Request: 1203


Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information Request
Ref: 1203


Kind Regards


Warrington Borough Council

Families & Wellbeing Directorate
2nd Floor, New Town House

Buttermarket Street

Warrington, Cheshire