Repatriation as a Pathway to Redress and Reconciliation

Pitt Rivers Museum Repatriation as a Pathway to Redress and Reconciliation


Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the
future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.


Part of the Pitt Rivers Museum Radical Hope programme. More often than not, the Museum field reimagines repatriation from a theoretical viewpoint based on the development of policy or procedure that will enable or obstruct repatriation, focusing on the impossibility of repatriation due to the obstacles and complexities the process presents. Together with tribal representatives, experts who proactively supporting tribal elders with the process of repatriation, and museum practitioners who have successfully engaged with international repatriations, this conversation will share how participants have navigated the many hoops of the repatriation process and the new practices they have developed. We hope our shared learnings from doing repatriation will help to build better returns processes and pathways that can support reconciliation, redress and healing.