Accepted Paper:

Getting to know you: human remains in UK collections  

Author:

Myra Giesen (Newcastle University)

Paper short abstract:

A variety of human remains are held in collections (e.g., archaeological, ethnographic, and medical) across United Kingdom. This paper will discuss what is known about current UK human remains collections, and then discuss improved access and use of collections among potential stakeholders.

Paper long abstract:

A variety of human remains are held in collections (e.g., archaeological, ethnographic, and medical) across United Kingdom, but collection details are often limited. Fortunately, a semblance of organisation in collections is growing, although the process is slow. For example, some successful effort has been made to summarise collections in direct response to the 2005 publication Guidance for the Care of Human Remains in Museums (i.e., applicable in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) and the 2011 publication Guidelines for the Care of Human Remains in Scottish Museum Collections. This paper will discuss what is known about current UK human remains collections, and then discuss improved access and use of collections among potential stakeholders.

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