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By Myra Giesen

The best way to take care of, shop, demonstrate and interpret human continues to be, and problems with their possession, are contentious questions, ones that must be replied with care and due attention. This e-book bargains a scientific assessment of the responses made through museums and different repositories within the united kingdom, supplying a baseline for realizing the scope and nature of human continues to be collections and the practices regarding their care. The advent units united kingdom practices inside a global context, whereas next chapters, all written by way of prime specialists, hide a variety of issues via key case reports: laws and moral responsibilities; problems with either long term and non permanent care; differing views linked to human is still collections in several components of the united kingdom; a comparability of attitudes and methods in huge associations and small museums; the inventive use of redundant church buildings; and demanding situations dealing with research/teaching laboratories and collections due to contemporary archaeological excavations. Myra Giesen is Lecturer on the overseas Centre for Cultural and history reviews, Newcastle college. individuals: Myra Giesen, Liz White, Hedley Swain, Charlotte Woodhead, Kirsty McCarrison, Victoria Park, Jennifer Sharp, Mark A. corridor, Rebecca Redfern, Jelena Bekvalac, Gillian Scott, Simon Mays, Charlotte Roberts, Jacqueline I. McKinley, Mike Parker Pearson, Mike Pitts, Duncan Sayer, Margaret Clegg.

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Research Activities Holding repositories require consent to use human remains of people who died less than 100 years ago for particular research purposes and anatomical examination (HTAct 2004, s1(1) and Schedule 1), as well as a licence to carry out anatomical examination or a post-mortem (HTAct 2004, s16(2)). For older remains, the DCMS Guidance (2005, 21) recommends that the removal of samples be justified, formally approved and recorded as part of the management record. 2]) indicates that archaeological remains (those not subject to the HTAct licensing requirements) should not be repeatedly sampled for the same study.

However, exceptions to this so-called ‘no property’ rule have developed. The first is where remains have undergone some process of work or skill, thereby acquiring different attributes, distinguishing them from mere bodies awaiting burial (R v Kelly [1998] 3 All ER 741, 749). Holding repositories may therefore acquire enforceable rights of property over human remains where the required skill has been performed. There is, however, uncertainty over what constitutes the necessary extent of the work or skill before human remains become property (Hardcastle 2007, 39; Woodhead 2009, 328).

Both defendants were found guilty of outraging public decency when the work was displayed in the gallery. A coroner’s inquest also cautioned against outraging public decency. When granting the mummified remains of Edwin MacKenzie (known as Diogenes) to the executors of the estate of Robert Lenkiewicz, Nigel Meadows, Coroner for Plymouth and South Devon, is reported as saying: ‘Provided [the executors of his estate] comply with health and safety regulations and don’t outrage public decency it is possible that they could retain the body on some sort of public display’ (BBC News 2002).

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