Repatriation of human remains

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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

foi, West Berkshire Council

FoI/2018/1319

 

Dear Wojtowicz

 

Request for information: Repatriation of Human Remains

 

Thank you for your request received 10 December 2018; we will respond
within twenty working days.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

James Gore

Data Protection Officer

Democratic Services Team - Strategic Support 

West Berkshire Council  Market Street  Newbury  RG14 5LD

(01635) 519591| Ext 2591 | [1][email address]

[2]www.westberks.gov.uk 

 

 

 

From: Maciej Wójtowicz [mailto:[FOI #537959 email]]
Sent: 07 December 2018 16:19
To: foi <[West Berkshire Council request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Repatriation of human remains

 

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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
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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Janine Fox, West Berkshire Council

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Dear Maciej,

 

Thank you for your enquiry. We have spent time researching your Freedom of
Information request and we would like to confirm that West Berkshire
Museum has no identified non-European human remains in the collection it
manages and funds.

 

Our collection is however a repository for local archaeology and does hold
European human remains under 1000 years of age, please do contact me
direct if you would like any further information on this particular
collection.

 

Kind regards

 

Janine

 

Janine Fox, Curator

West Berkshire Museum

The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AS

(01635) 519532  | 07787 828189

[1][email address]

[2]www.westberks.gov.uk

 

 

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From: Maciej Wójtowicz
[[4]mailto:[FOI #537959 email]]
Sent: 07 December 2018 16:19
To: foi <[5][West Berkshire Council request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Repatriation of human remains

 

This is an EXTERNAL EMAIL. STOP. THINK before you CLICK links or OPEN
attachments.

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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