Museum's commitment to return human remains

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The Liverpool museum now has a policy to return human remains in their collection - following the Human Tissue Act 2004 - if they receive a formal and legitimate request from a government agency.

It has been a contentious issue, with some arguing the remains should be kept in museums for scientific research.

Dr Fleming said he thought most people would find it "outrageous" if someone from the UK was refused the remains of a family member or ancestor by another country.

Explorers and soldiers often brought the remains of indigenous people back to the UK as souvenirs from their trips in the 18th century, Dr Fleming said....

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