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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

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From: [FOI #537875 email]
Sent: 07/December/2018 16:20 (GMT)
To: [North Ayrshire Council request email]
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Repatriation of human remains

Dear Sir or Madam

REPATRIATION OF HUMAN REMAINS

I am carrying out some research into the storage, retention and repatriat=
ion of non-European ethnological human remains held in UK regional museum=
s or archives some of which are owned, managed or funded by UK local auth=
orities. =

To assist with this could you please let me have the following informatio=
n 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 f=
rom 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 th=
e 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 wi=
th their lost ancestors.

Yours faithfully

Maciej W=C3=B3jtowicz

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From: [FOI #537875 email]
Sent: 07/December/2018 16:17 (GMT)
To: [North Ayrshire Council request email]
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Repatriation of human remains

 

Dear Sir or Madam

REPATRIATION OF HUMAN REMAINS

I am carrying out some research into the storage, retention and repatriat=
ion of non-European ethnological human remains held in UK regional museum=
s or archives some of which are owned, managed or funded by UK local auth=
orities. =

To assist with this could you please let me have the following informatio=
n 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
f=
rom 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
th=
e 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 wi=
th their lost ancestors.

Yours faithfully

Maciej W=C3=B3jtowicz

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North Ayrshire Council

Dear Maciej

Thank you for your request for information dated 7 December 2018 which was
received by North Ayrshire Council on 7 December 2018.

We have now completed our research for the information and the responses
to your questions are listed below. 

Requestã??

I am carrying out some research into the storage, retention and repatriat
ion 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 informatio
n 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?

Response:

This request relates to ethnological human remains held in UK regional
museums or archives.  North Ayrshire Council do not hold information
regarding this request.  The Council therefore gives notice under Section
17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 that this information
is not held.

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