Dr. Alison Brookes
YLM Entry Submitted: Yes
The Human Remains policy can be found on the museum website.
There is still an active page on the council website but we only use the above. We also have prehistoric and medieval remains in addition to the Saxon and Roman. These are searchable online using our collections database, accessible through the website.
Many researchers use these remains for studies and we are happy to facilitate.
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?:
The museum has around 1200 human remains, around 90% of these being in Roman and Saxon collections.
How many of these human remains are well documented, with clear context of date and place of exhumation?:
90% are well documented.
Where there are ancestors in store, is there a history of use?:
Where there are ancestors in store, is there potential for use, in display, education or scientific analysis?
Does the museum have a disposal policy, and is it including HR with negligible potential in its discussions about disposal?:Yes
Yes, the museum has a disposal policy but it does not deal with human remains.
What sources of information about these human remains are in the public domain and where?:
A full inventory of the museum’s collections will be on the website in 2011. Further information is also available at the museum.
Does the museum have ancestors (human remains) on display?:No
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?:
1 October, 2015