Canopic Jars MET

Human Remains in Museum Collections: Conservation, Ethics and Restitution

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Online, Presented at Museum Volkenkunde

Human remains are a part of physical anthropological and archaeological collections worldwide. Engaging with the current debates on the colonial origins of museum collections and restitutions, the Centre for Global Heritage and Development is organizing a symposium on this controversial topic.  In this extensive online session, issues regarding the conservation, ethics and restitution of human remains in museum inventories will be addressed by well known experts in the field. 

This symposium is an initiative of our Student Board with the welcome collaboration of the Volkenkunde Museum in Leiden. The lectures will be in English, except for one pre-recorded session. Participation is open to all interested.


  • 13.00-13.10        Introduction, Student Board LDE Centre for Global Heritage
  • 13.10-13.40        Evelien Campfens (Cultural Heritage Law Specialist, Leiden University)
  • 13.40-13.50        Questions and Discussion
  • 13.50-14.00        Break
  • 14.00-14.30        Pre-recorded lecture Annemarieke Willemsen (Archaeologist, National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden ) (Please note this lecture is in Dutch)
  • 14.30-14.50        Lara Weiss (Egyptologist, National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden)
  • 14.50-15.00        Questions and Discussion
  • 15.00-15.10        Break
  • 15.10-15.40        Anna Postma (Historian, Groningen)
  • 15.40-16.00        Questions and Discussion, Conclusions

*Please note that this is a provisional programme.

You can register for this online event by clicking on the following link

Contact our Educations Officer dr. Rients de Boer for comments and questions.