Repatriation of human remains

Maciej Wójtowicz made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Worthing 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

Worthing Borough Council

Hi

We have recently received a request for information and allocated it the
reference FOI/935075/2018. Please quote this in any correspondance in
relation to this matter. 

For your information, this is what you requested:

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

You should expect to hear from us within 20 working days.

If we are are not able to provide the information, we will tell you why. 

Yours Sincerely,
Adur and Worthing Councils

Worthing Borough Council

Dear Maciej Wójtowicz

Thank you for your request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
 
​​Please find below our response to your request.

Request:

"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."

Response:
Q 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.
A 1. There is one human skull in the collection that is non European.

Q 2. How many human remains do you have in your collection which
originated in:
a. Canada
b. New Zealand
c. Australia
A 2. Canada = 0, New Zealand = 1(a skull believed to be Maori), Australia
= 0

Q 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?
A 3. None

Q 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.
A 4. N/A

Q 5. For those requests which were not approved please provide a copy of
the final decision letter setting out the reasons.
A 5 N/A

Q 6. How many human remains have you repatriated to their country of
origin proactively without receiving a request?
A 6. None

​We hope this provides you with the information you were seeking.

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Yours sincerely

Information Officer | Adur & Worthing Councils

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