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

FOI Unit, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Requestor,
RE: - Request For Information

Thank you for your request for information held by Rochdale Council which
was received by us on 07/12/2018 22:00 regarding INT-356118-F5X4K1:
Repatriation of human remains  .

I write to advise you that your request has been allocated to the
department best able to deal with your queries, and will be considered
under the Freedom of Information Act.
Under the Act we are required to provide a response within 20 working days
however we do endeavor to provide a response at the earliest opportunity.

Should you have any queries, please contact us using the details below.

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
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Hi Maciej,

 

Thank you for your message regarding the collections here in Rochdale.

 

We don’t hold any human remains in our museum collection.

 

Hope this helps with your research.

 

Thanks,

 

Sarah.

 

From: Charles Rowley
Sent: 11 December 2018 10:00
To: Sarah Hodgkinson L; Karen Heatley
Subject: FW: INT-356118-F5X4K1: Repatriation of human remains (response
due 10/01/2019)

 

Wow.  Never had an email like this before!  Have we got any?  And if so
can you answer the questions below?

 

From: Nathan Matley
Sent: 10 December 2018 12:43
To: Charles Rowley
Subject: FW: INT-356118-F5X4K1: Repatriation of human remains (response
due 10/01/2019)

 

Do we have anything in relation to the FOI request?

 

Nathan Matley

Business Analyst and Performance Manager

Number One Riverside

Smith Street

Rochdale

OL16 1ZL

 

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Link4Life is the trading name of Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust

Registered Office: PO Box 428, Number One Riverside, Smith Street,
Rochdale, OL16 1ZL.

Registered in England, No: 6052980. Registered Charity: 1118610

 

 

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From: FOI
Sent: 10 December 2018 11:24
To: Nathan Matley
Cc: FOI
Subject: INT-356118-F5X4K1: Repatriation of human remains (response due
10/01/2019)

 

Hi Team,

 

In relation to Request   INT-356118-F5X4K1: Repatriation of human remains
which has been allocated to you, can you please answer the below questions
and respond to [2][email address] as soon as possible:

 

 1. Can you please advise if you hold this information?

 

 2. If not, can you please advise who you think may hold the information?

 

 3. Do you believe any other services may need to be involved in answering
this request?

 

 4. Does anything within the request need clarifying?
 5. Is it estimated that the request will take over 18 hours to respond
to?

 

If your team can answer the full request, when you have a response ready,
could you please have it approved by your Director and then send it
directly to the requestor, copying in [3][Rochdale Council request email]

 

If you believe that any of this information may be exempt from disclosure
please refer to the below site or contact us to discuss further.

 

For guidance on responding to FOI requests please refer to the below link:

[4]http://council.rochdale.local/neighbourh...

 

Regards

 Lisa Wilson

 

Information Governance Unit

Customers & ICT

Floor 2, Number One Riverside

Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

 

Email: [5][Rochdale Council request email]

 

Request details:

The Freedom of Information Request below is due to be responded to by 10th
January 2019. If you do not hold this information, please can you advise
who might?

From: Maciej Wójtowicz [mailto:[FOI #537906 email]]
Sent: 07 December 2018 16:18
To: FOI
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
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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FOI, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Maciej

 

In response to your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act received by Rochdale Council on 7^th December 2018  please
see the attached response in relation to your queries.

 

We feel that we have fulfilled your Freedom of Information request. 
However, please see the details on our [1]website if you are unhappy with
the service you have received in relation to your request, wish to make a
complaint or appeal against any decision we have made in response to your
request.

 

Should you have any queries, please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Governance Unit

Customers & ICT

Floor 2, Number One Riverside

Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

 

Email: [2][Rochdale Council request email]

 

From: Maciej Wójtowicz [mailto:[FOI #537906 email]]

Sent: 07 December 2018 16:18

To: FOI

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
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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