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?

‘Disappointing and patronising’: scientists rebut Science Museum chair’s defence of fossil fuel sponsors

Leading scientists call out Science Museum Group’s chair Dame Mary Archer for claiming reasonable objections are ‘false attacks’. Their letter pushes back against the museum’s claims new sponsor Adani Green Energy is unconnected to its parent company’s coal operations and that a problematic ‘gagging clause’ is ‘standard’. At the same time, one of the UK’s leading scientists, Sir David King, also calls on museum to reconsider its fossil fuel partnerships.

Indigenous people say to Science Museum: ‘Listen to us!’

A group of Indigenous people have sent a letter to the Science Museum Group (SMG) calling on its leadership to listen to Indigenous peoples’ concerns about its new sponsorship deal with Adani Green Energy, whose parent company Adani Group is a major operator of coal mines and coal-fired power stations in India, Indonesia and Australia. … Continue reading Indigenous people say to Science Museum: ‘Listen to us!’

Science Museum signed ‘gagging clause’ with Adani despite outcry over Shell contract

Tonight, Channel 4 News has revealed that the Science Museum’s contract with Adani Green Energy to sponsor its new ‘Energy Revolution’ Gallery includes a “gagging clause” identical to one signed with the oil giant Shell earlier this year, which triggered a major backlash among the scientific community. Documents released following a Freedom of Information Act … Continue reading Science Museum signed ‘gagging clause’ with Adani despite outcry over Shell contract

Leading scientists pledge ‘not to work with’ Science Museum until fossil fuel partnerships end

Today an open letter has been published, signed by many prominent scientists and contributors to the Science Museum Group, announcing they will not work with the organisation until it commits to ending its partnerships with fossil fuel companies. This follows the museum’s controversial announcements in April that oil and gas giant Shell would sponsor its … Continue reading Leading scientists pledge ‘not to work with’ Science Museum until fossil fuel partnerships end

Science Museum: trustees resign, young people barred

On Saturday afternoon, a statement issued by the Chair of the Science Museum Group confirmed that both mathematician and presenter Dr Hannah Fry and Director of the Institute for Research in Schools Dr Jo Foster have resigned from the museum’s Board of Trustees over its stance on fossil fuel sponsorship, setting out how they did not agree with the … Continue reading Science Museum: trustees resign, young people barred