Dean Heritage Museum
Dean Heritage Museum Trust
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?:
The museum is in the middle of an inventory (April 2009), their records thus being currently incomplete. There are only a few bones or bone fragments in a few of the finds assemblages. Records will be updated by next year (2010).
How many of these human remains are well documented, with clear context of date and place of exhumation?:
90% of the finds were completed by professional archaeological companies and have been fully 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
The museum’s Acquisitions and Disposal Policy follows the national guidelines and does include reference to human remains.
What sources of information about these human remains are in the public domain and where?:
The museum’s Research Room is open twice a week for the public, with staff on hand to help.
Does the museum have ancestors (human remains) on display?:Yes
A jaw and arm bone are on display as part of a display of Early Settlement, including nonhuman animal bones and and fossils.
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?:
26 August, 2008