Explore media coverage, opinion pieces and blogs relating to our work on oil sponsorship of arts and culture. This page also includes coverage of activity by other groups where they directly reference or relate to our work.
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An in-depth look at the museum’s use of the ‘entirely unsuitable’ Transition Pathway Initiative ‘management quality index’ to argue that its oil sponsors are doing enough on climate change.
Adele Redmond, Arts Professional, 5th August 2021
An op ed by our Co-Directors detailing why the evidence we’ve uncovered is so damning for the Science Museum Group.
Chris Garrard and Jess Worth, DeSmog, 3rd August 2021
The Museums Association looks at the evidence unearthed in our investigation, examines the Science Museum Group’s defence, and points out the ways in which the museum appears to have contravened the MA’s Code of Ethics.
Geraldine Kendall Adams, Museums Journal, 30th July 2021
Greta Thunberg tweets her condemnation of the Science Museum following our revelations and many media outlets cover the fallout, including the Independent, Evening Standard, MSN, Art Newspaper, Morning Star and Ecologist.
Samuel Webb, The Independent, 30th July 2021
The Times picks up on our investigation and quotes us as saying ‘To sign a gagging clause to protect Shell puts other staff in a very difficult position and this should be of great concern to the museum sector as a whole.’
Ben Webster, The Times, 30th July 2021
Channel 4 News breaks our major new investigation into how the Science Museum Group has been ignoring the science and shutting down critics.
Fatima Manji, Channel 4 News, 29th July 2021
A letter from our Co-Director arguing that Osborne’s links to BP ‘create clear conflicts of interest around one of the major controversies facing the museum today.’
Chris Garrard, Financial Times, 28th June 2021
The Art Newspaper’s excellent podcast interviews our co-director Chris Garrard and Anya Nanning Ramamurthy of the UK Student Climate Network on the campaign so far.
The Week in Art, Art Newspaper, 25th June 2021
We comment on Osborne’s profound unsuitability for the post.
Rebecca Atkinson, Museums Journal, 24th June 2021
We are quoted in The Telegraph’s coverage of the news.
Craig Simpson, The Telegraph, 24th June 2021
We are quoted responding to the shock appointment of a man with many ties to BP and a track record of slashing arts funding as the new chair of the British Museum.
Hannah McGivern, Art Newspaper, 24th June 2021
Youth striker Izzy Warren explains why UKSCN London are taking action to get the Science Museum to drop Shell.
Izzy Warren, Climate Home News, 21st June 2021
DeSmog covers the internal email from Science Museum Director Ian Blatchford that we acquired, which shows him defending the oil industry and slamming his critics.
Adam Barnett, DeSmog, 19th May 2021
Both UKSCN London and Dr Emma Sayer who contributed to the exhibition without being told it would be sponsored by Shell were interviewed by Sky. Watch it here.
Lisa Holland, Sky News, 6th May 2021
Interview with exhibition contributer Dr Emma Sayer who says she was ’embarrassed’ to learn about oil sponsorship of the carbon capture exhibition
Geraldine Kendall Adams, Museums Journal, 30th April 2021
Group hits out at oil and gas firm’s sponsorship of Our Future Planet exhibition as ‘appalling’
Matthew Taylor, Guardian, 26th April 2021
George Monbiot responds to the news that Shell is sponsoring the Science Museum’s carbon capture exhibition.
George Monbiot, Guardian, 21st April 2021
“By allowing Shell to sponsor this exhibition, the Science Museum is helping to boost the company’s cynical greenwash,” said Jess Worth, co-director of Culture Unstained.
Valentina Di Liscia, Hyperallergic, 19th April 2021
“It beggars belief that this iconic British institution has freely chosen to link up with Shell to sponsor their flagship climate exhibition at such a crucial time,” said Professor Bill McGuire.
Millie Turner, City AM, 16th April 2021
We break the story that the Science Museum’s new flagship climate exhibition is being sponsored by fossil fuel giant Shell.
Samuel Osborne, Independent, 16th April 2021
Robin’s honest and personal blog about why he made the decision.
Robin Ince’s blog; 10th March 2021
We’re quoted in this article about Robin’s principled decision to pull out of a Science Museum climate talk.
DeSmog UK, Caitlin Tilley; 10th March 2021
Comedian and broadcaster Robin Ince becomes the third speaker to walk.
The Art Newspaper, Gareth Harris; 10th March 2021
The museum continues to be sponsored by oil giants BP and Equinor.
i Newspaper, Madeleine Cuff; 26th February 2021
Our investigation reveals documents that show BP, Shell and Equinor had several meetings with government officials in an attempt to partner around the upcoming Glasgow climate summit
Guardian, Matthew Taylor and Fiona Harvey; 1st October 2020
A letter in the FT from our co-director Chris Garrard in response to BP’s announcement of its ‘net zero ambition’ and many commentators not looking behind the headlines at the loopholes and shortcomings of the plan.
Financial Times, Chris Garrard; 15th September 2020
We broke this development, which appears to have been decided following intense criticism of the oil company’s role in the BP Portrait Award last year
Guardian, Lanre Bakare; 3rd May 2020
Taking a look at a problematic partnership with BP
DeSmog UK, Sophie Yeo; 6th April 2020
Classical music venue’s long-running relationship with Shell to conclude
Rhinegold, Melissa Bradshaw; 13th March 2020
Southbank branch of PCS comment on end of relationship with oil firm
PCS Southbank Branch; 11th March 2020
Prominent art critic dissects the lacklustre responses of museum directors
The Art Newspaper, Ben Luke; 10th March 2020
All three South Bank cultural institutions will now move beyond relationships with Shell
Guardian, Matthew Taylor; 9th March 2020
Our response to energy analyst Nick Butler’s opinion piece in the FT
FT, Dr Chris Garrard; 5th March 2020
Our opinion piece for international art news site ArtNet
ArtNet, Chris Garrard; 28th February 2020
Prominent funder of climate denial forced of museum Board in US
The New York Times, Robin Pogrebin; 27th February 2020
Feature on the ethics of arts sponsorship with focus on fossil fuel funders
Evening Standard Magazine, Hettie Judah; 19th February 2020
We scrutinise the lack of substance behind BP’s latest announcement
Sky News; 12th February 2020