Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
YLM Entry Submitted: Yes
How many human remains are in its collection, and how many of those are of ancient British provenance, pre-Christian or in other way Pagan?:
9 individuals / groups on bone. 3 Bronze Age British – partially cremated bones.
How many of these human remains are well documented, with clear context of date and place of exhumation?:
Where there are ancestors in store, is there a history of use?:
Not for the cremated remains, but the urns have been displayed.
Where there are ancestors in store, is there potential for use, in display, education or scientific analysis?
Display potential to show cremation process, in principle: but not vast.
Does the museum have a disposal policy, and is it including HR with negligible potential in its discussions about disposal?:Yes
Yes, disposal policy, but no clause on human remains.
What sources of information about these human remains are in the public domain and where?:
Does the museum have ancestors (human remains) on display?:Yes
Egyptian mummy and mummy head. Mummy head especially simply has ‘shock value’ and is inappropriate. Press a button to light case!
Does the museum hold any iconic ancestors, ie. complete skeletons with a well documented story, or those considered of national or local importance, and are these on display?:
No! But mummy has been x-rayed, and has an encaustic portrait (Roman period, from Hawara).
26 August, 2008