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Maciej Wójtowicz

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

Central Bedfordshire Council

Information request
Our reference: 2036265

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Dear Mr Wojtowicz
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 7 December
2018 concerning:
 
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:

Q1. 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.

Q2. How many human remains do you have in your collection which originated
in:
a. Canada
b. New Zealand
c. Australia

Q3. 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?

Q4. 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.

Q5. For those requests which were not approved please provide a copy of
the final decision letter setting out the reasons.

Q6. 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.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and we aim to send a response by 9 January 2019.
 
In some cases, a fee may be payable. If we decide a fee is payable, we
will send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
proceeding with your request.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal review and
to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Joanne Mulliner
Freedom of Information Officer
Information Governance
0300 300 4179
[Central Bedfordshire Council request email]
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.

Joanne Mulliner, Central Bedfordshire Council

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Information request
Our reference: 2036265

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Dear Mr Wojtowicz
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 7 December 2018.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Joanne Mulliner
Freedom of Information Officer
Information Governance
0300 300 4179
[Central Bedfordshire Council request email]
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.

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