Pagans and Museums

Approaching the Ancestors


  • Will Rathouse MOLA



Druids, Druidry, Reburial, Ancestors, Stonehenge, skeletons, heritage, museums


Inspired by post-colonial restitution campaigns for return of Ancestral bones, British Druids campaigned for the reburial of skeletons and other corporeal relics in museums and at heritage sites. This article briefly analyses the ideas behind and the conduct of these campaigns situating them within the traditions of contemporary British Druidry.

Author Biography

Will Rathouse, MOLA

Will Rathouse (PhD, University of Wales Lampeter) organized archaeological activities for mental health service users at Mind Aberystwyth. He now works for the Museum of London Archaeology on the Thames Discovery Programme, arranging foreshore archaeology activities for older Londoners, veterans, and Londoners living with mental health difficulties.


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How to Cite

Rathouse, W. . (2022). Pagans and Museums: Approaching the Ancestors. Pomegranate, 23(1-2), 157–165.