The first act of repatriation for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter concerned the return of Truganini-associated shell jewellery to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, Hobart. The discussions which led to the return of this material took several years and was completed at RAMM on the 7 November 1997.
















Restitution: A View from the Regions


National and university museums have tended to dominate public and sectoral debate regarding museums and their role in the restitution and repatriation of cultural property and yet, as all MEG members know, regional museums hold important and significant ‘world cultures’ collections (and may, in many cases, have more freedoms in regards to facilitating the return of material from these).


As Arts Council England looks to develop new guidance for the UK museum sector on restitution and repatriation, this meeting provides an initial opportunity for MEG members to reflect on their experiences in responding to claims, to consider the particular needs of regional museums in progressing work regarding restitution and repatriation, and to consider what role MEG might take in supporting the sector. The meeting will be co-chaired by Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums and Helen Mears, Keeper of World Art at Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.


This meeting is intended for MEG members, museum staff involved in such work, or museum staff who would like to learn more about the subject. RAMM will be participating in this event.


Address: Derby Museums, Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby.


Post code for venue and Sat Nav: DE1 1BS.


Parking: There is no onsite parking, there are a number of parking options within walking distance of the venue. Options are:


– Bold Lane Car Park – DE1 3NT (1 minute walk to venue) directions


On Arrival: The entrance is via the Museum and Art Gallery Shop on the corner of The Strand, where a member of staff will be on hand to greet and direct you.


If travelling by train: The museum is about a 20 min walk from the train station (follow the pedestrian signs for city centre and then the Museum & Art Gallery) or you can get the number 6 bus (Allestree) outside the train station, which leaves every half hour, on the hour/half hour and takes about 10 minutes.