Returning an ancestor, a reflection

A reflection on the repatriation of an ancestral human remain from Manchester Museum to Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand, touching upon ideas of belonging, respect, community, peace and place, all of which are being felt so acutely currently by the people of Manchester.

Stories from the Museum Floor

This week Manchester has been shocked to the core by an act of violence that killed 22 people at the Manchester Arena. This has resulted in not just a citywide, but a nationwide outpouring of emotion, and there is a tangible feeling of community and connectivity among the people living, working and studying in Manchester. Since childhood, I have always had a feeling of belonging, and a sense of place at Manchester Museum, and our message this week is that the museum is open, and we welcome all.

Today’s post is a reflection on the repatriation of an ancestral human remain to Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand, earlier this week, and it is perhaps fitting that the ideas touched upon here are those of belonging, respect, community, peace and place, all of which are being felt so acutely currently by the people of Manchester.

Returning an ancestor, a reflection

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