Repatriation of human remains

Maciej Wójtowicz made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Birmingham City University

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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 museums and in university research collections. 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? If you do not have the exact number, then please provide an approximation based on your normal method of counting.

2. How many requests for the repatriation of non-European human remains did you receive from communities, individuals or institutions outside of Europe prior to the Human Tissue Act 2004 coming into force? Of these how many were approved?

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 do you have in your collection which originated in:
a. Canada
b. New Zealand
c. Australia

Thanking you in advance for your assistance with this important research project.

Yours faithfully

Maciej Wójtowicz

Freedom of Information Act, Birmingham City University

Dear Maciej,

RE: INFORMATION REQUEST DATED 7th DECEMBER 2018
REF: FOI-01160

Thank you for your request for information. Your request was received on 7th December 2018 and we are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We will respond to the information request within 20 working days (i.e on or before 8th January 2019). If we are unable to respond to the request or if the University does not hold the information or if there is a reason for it to be withheld, we will write to you with the reasons why.

If you have any queries or concerns about the process, please do not hesitate to contact us. Otherwise we will write to you on or before 8th January 2019.

Thanks,

Information Management Team
Birmingham City University
Joseph Priestley Building / 3rd Floor
6 Cardigan Street
Birmingham
B4 7BD

T: 0121 300 5288
E: [Birmingham City University request email]

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Freedom of Information Act, Birmingham City University

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Dear Maciej,

RE: INFORMATION REQUEST DATED 7th DECEMBER 2018
REF: FOI – 01160

Further to your request received on 7th December, please see our response attached.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Requests for an internal review should be made to the Head of Legal and Compliance at [Birmingham City University request email] or by writing to: Head of Legal and Compliance, Birmingham City University, Joseph Priestley Building, Cardigan Street, B4 7BD.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Please see https://ico.org.uk/concerns/getting/ for details of their procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Thanks,

Information Management Team
Birmingham City University
Joseph Priestley Building / 3rd Floor
6 Cardigan Street
Birmingham
B4 7BD

T: 0121 300 5288
E: [Birmingham City University request email]

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