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

Freedom of Information, Hampshire County Council

Dear Mr Wojtowicz,

 

With reference to your email dated 7 December 2018  in which you are
seeking the following information:

 

‘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.’

 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

 

If you have any queries regarding your request please do not hesitate to
contact me quoting the reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Georgia Howard

 

Senior Compliance Officer

Corporate Services - Governance
Hampshire County Council
The Castle
Winchester
Hampshire
SO23 8UJ

Tel 01962 846612

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Dear Mr Wojtowicz,

 

Please see attached.

 

Kind regards,

 

Georgia Howard

 

Senior Compliance Officer

Corporate Services - Governance
Hampshire County Council
The Castle
Winchester
Hampshire
SO23 8UJ

Tel 01962 846612

[1]www.hants.gov.uk

This email, and any attachments, is strictly confidential and may be
legally privileged.  It is intended only for the addressee. If you are not
the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution or other use
of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
message in error, please contact the sender. Any request for disclosure of
this document under the Data Protection Act 1998 or Freedom of Information
Act 2000 should be referred to the sender.

 

 

 

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