Heritage, Ancestry and Law: Principles, Policies and Practices in Dealing with Historical Human Remains


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The treatment of human remains, whether they are contained in museum collections, connected with royalty or discovered during the course of building or other works, gives rise to a host of moral, ethical, religious and legal issues.

Should all remains be treated in the same way? If not where are the boundaries? If museums use human remains, are the boundaries the same for all uses (exhibition, teaching and scientific research)? Do we treat cultures that have disappeared (e.g. the Sumerians or ancient Egyptians) differently from living cultures and why do museums take the approach they do? How should the rights of indigenous peoples to the remains of their ancestors be properly respected?

230 pages  |  ISBN 9781903987377


Norman Palmer QC Relinquishment, Remembrance and Repose: Models for the Domicile of Human Remains
Cressida Fforde, Lyndon Ormond-Parker and Paul Turnbull Repatriation Research: Archives and the Recovery of History and Heritage
Kevin Chamberlain We Need to Lay Our Ancestors to Rest: the Repatriation of Indigenous Human Remains
and the Human Rights Act
Tom Lewis Human Remains as Artistic Expression and the Common Law Offence of Outraging Public Decency: ‘Human Earrings’, Human Rights and R. v. Gibson revisited
Carolyn Browne Licensing Public Display: A Perspective from the Regulator
Margaret Clegg and Sarah Long The Natural History Museum and Human Remains
Jelena Bekvalac The Diplay of Archaeological Human Skeletal Remains in Museums
Joseph Elders Burial Law and Archaeology in the Church of England’s Jurisdiction
Richard Harwood QC Development of Land and Human Remains
Carolyn Shelbourn Remains, Research and Respect: Some Reflections on Burial Archaeology and the
Current Law and Policy Relating to Treatment of the ‘Anciently Dead’
Mathilde Roellinger The French Experience of Repatriation of Human Remains
Nathalie Gates The Infamous William Corder: A Family Divided
Harry Martin Case Note on Richard III: (The Queen on Application of Plantaget Alliance Ltd) v.
Secretary of State for Justice
Kevin Chamberlain The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
Alexander Herman Kennewick Man, Statutory Interpretation and the First North Americans
Appendix I Natural History Museum Human Remains Policy
Appendix II Policy for the Care of Human Remains in Museum of London Collections
Appendix III Bitish Museum Policy: Human Remains in the Collection
Appendix IV The University of Manchester – the Manchester Museum: Policy for the Care and
Use of Human Remains
Appendix V Applications to the Home Office to Exhume Remains for Reburial
Appendix VI Material on Anne de Mowbray
Appendix VII The Reasoning of the Court of Appeal in Rudewicz, R (on the application of) v.
Secretary of State for Justice
Appendix VIII Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
Appendix IX Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984
Appendix X Museums (Aborginal Remains) Act 1984

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