Over 1000 tickets booked for the Science Museum's "India Lates” event on 31 August went unused, as protesters called for the cancellation of the Museum’s new sponsorship deal with Indian coal-producing conglomerate Adani. Inside the event question Museum Director Ian Blatchford was confronted about the deal.
British Museum Members’ Open Letter: Drop BP
British Museum members are speaking out to say that the museum's controversial deal with oil and gas giant BP must not be renewed
Teachers to boycott new Adani-sponsored Science Museum gallery
Letter signed by over 400 teachers and educators so far criticises museum for taking fossil fuel sponsorship. Signatories pledge ‘If your proposed Energy Revolution gallery is sponsored by [coal giant] Adani, then we will not be bringing our students to it.’ Internal documents reveal the target audience of the new gallery is ‘key stage 3 and 4 students’ and ‘young people aged 11-18’. More teachers and educators invited to sign
Science Museum cancels event as speakers withdraw over fossil fuel sponsorship
The Science Museum has been forced into cancelling a prominent panel discussion at the last minute after speakers withdrew from the event in protest at the museum’s highly controversial stance on fossil fuel sponsorship. ‘The Doors of Perception: Exploring Psychedelic Therapy’ was set to take place tonight in the Museum’s ‘Ronson Theatre’ and featured a … Continue reading Science Museum cancels event as speakers withdraw over fossil fuel sponsorship
Experts back formal call for British Museum Board to reject new BP deal
The submission, signed by climate and museum experts and representatives of museum staff, shines a spotlight on clash between museum policies and a potential future BP deal. The museum is under mounting pressure after the National Portrait Gallery and Scottish Ballet cut ties to the oil firm in February.
New Scientist Live ends BP partnership and fossil fuel ties
After coming under criticism in recent years over its prominent partnerships first with Shell and then BP, this year’s New Scientist Live festival - which takes place in Manchester this weekend - will have no fossil fuel companies as sponsors or exhibitors. This is understood to signal a shift in policy, after BP was also … Continue reading New Scientist Live ends BP partnership and fossil fuel ties
Will the British Museum come clean about its Chair’s shady Advisory Group?
Last week, Channel 4 News broke the story of our latest investigation on the British Museum's "Chairman's Advisory Group" (CAG), an almost entirely unaccountable group of 30 global corporate leaders including heads of fossil fuel, arms and mining companies and investment banks - as well as the museum's oil sponsor BP - that are personally … Continue reading Will the British Museum come clean about its Chair’s shady Advisory Group?
BP’s 30-year sponsorship of National Portrait Gallery to end
Gallery announces end of 30-year partnership after pressure from leading artists, campaigners and public, joining leading cultural institutions in ‘unstoppable rejection’ of fossil fuel funding. British Museum now in the spotlight over Director’s plans to renew BP sponsorship.
British Museum seeking new BP sponsorship despite opposition from archaeologists
Emails reveal museum director is actively pursuing renewal of controversial sponsorship deal with BP, as over 300 archaeologists sign letter to Board of Trustees calling on them to cut ties to the oil giant and details of secretive ‘Chairman’s Advisory Group’, giving BP a direct line to the museum’s leadership, are revealed on Channel 4 News.
Ad Van brings Indigenous ‘Drop Adani’ demand to Science Museum
Last week, powerful Indigenous voices calling for the Science Museum to Drop Adani were brought right to the museum’s front door via a large AdVan. It’s time the museum’s leaders demonstrated they are listening.