Research and display versus repatriation and reburial of human remains: an evaluation of public, museum and professional's opinions and practices

Parsons, Holly (2011) Research and display versus repatriation and reburial of human remains: an evaluation of public, museum and professional's opinions and practices. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Over recent decades, there has been an increase in the repatriation and reburial requests from indigenous groups of previously colonised countries and from Pagan groups in the UK. Over this time museums have reluctantly started accepting these requests, some have removed remains from display and others have returned them to their origin removing them from their display and research collections.

    The hypothesis of this dissertation is that visitors will support the display and research of human remains while museum professionals will be more receptive to alternative ideas such as repatriation and reburial.

    The aim of this dissertation is to consider the views of visitors, the views of museum professionals and museums current approach to the display, research, repatriation and reburial of human remains.

    The objectives of this dissertation were to evaluate the public's view on the research, display, repatriation and reburial of human remains; understand the museum professionals view on research, display, repatriation and reburial of human remains; review the use of human remains in museums, including display and research uses; and review the museums practices on repatriation and reburial of human remains.

    This study presents the results from five case studies at five local museums with different display, research, repatriation and reburial practices. With site visits, interviews with museum professionals and visitor surveys the study has evaluated the current practices and views of museum professionals and visitors alike.

    The results demonstrate the differences between the practices at the five museums and the differences in opinions between the professionals and the visitors between each other and as apposing groups.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2012 12:04
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:52
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/6063

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