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The British Museum’s controversial sponsorship take care of BP is beneath intensifying stress as tons of of individuals signal as much as ‘make BP historical past’ at a mass inventive motion going down on Saturday (23 April 2022).

Greater than 300 individuals have already pledged to participate, which might make it the most important protest on the museum since pre-COVID occasions. The motion has been referred to as by the activist theatre group BP or not BP? as a result of the British Museum is actively deciding whether or not to resume its present take care of BP. 

Contributors will create tons of of smaller protests all around the museum all through the afternoon, to “deliver within the info about BP that the museum is attempting to disregard”, adopted by a mass efficiency motion contained in the museum at 4pm.


The group have beforehand smuggled a sea monster, a Viking longship and an enormous Malicious program into the museum, and are promising to do one thing equally spectacular this time.

Sarah Horne, a member of BP or not BP? who shall be participating within the April twenty third protest, mentioned: “The British Museum administration appear decided to disregard the damaging behaviour of their sponsor BP – so on 23 April, tons of of us will fill the museum with uncomfortable info about this lethal firm.

“We’ll lay down this problem to the museum director: we all know he’s been assembly with BP over a brand new sponsorship deal. Will he additionally meet with the individuals affected by BP?

“Will he communicate to the 300 archaeologists and heritage professionals who’re calling for the tip of this deal, the frontline communities dealing with BP’s air pollution and corruption, and the younger individuals whose future BP is actively destroying? Or is he solely occupied with talking to BP?”

She added: “As we’ve seen this month, we are able to count on an inevitable improve in fossil gasoline protests because the local weather disaster deepens. If the British Museum retains supporting BP then they’ll primarily be portray a big oily goal on themselves. Why on Earth would they need to try this?”


This would be the fourth BP protest on the museum in a single month. There was an motion by BP or not BP? on 4 April, which sneakily added new labels to the BP sponsored Stonehenge exhibition and an motion exterior the museum on 8 April by Extinction Rebel Grandparents and Elders.

There was additionally a efficiency protest by autonomous Save Stonehenge campaigners this week, the place they poured pretend oil on themselves contained in the museum to problem BP sponsorship and the proposed Stonehenge street tunnel.

These actions comply with on from a sequence of occasions within the final three months which have put extra stress on the museum over BP than ever earlier than.

The Nationwide Portrait Gallery, Scottish Ballet and New Scientist Stay have all ended their partnerships with BP, leaving the British Museum as considered one of solely a tiny handful of UK arts organisations nonetheless partnered with fossil gasoline corporations. 

A damning report on Channel 4 Information revealed {that a} shadowy company ‘chairman’s advisory group’ – together with BP – has been secretly advising the museum’s administration whereas hiding paperwork corresponding to minutes and membership, conserving it out of attain from Freedom of Info requests. 


In an unprecedented intervention, 300 archaeologists and heritage professionals have signed a letter calling on the British Museum to finish its BP deal.

BP has on the similar time confronted severe public anger over profiteering from rising power costs as tens of millions battle with rising power payments.

And there was a brand new report has revealed how a lot BP’s Russian operations have been serving to Vladimir Putin construct his energy and wealth – over £600 million has flowed from BP to the Russian authorities for the reason that invasion of Crimea in 2014. 

Lately, the revered ClimateAction 100+ evaluation report discovered that BP failed to satisfy any of its standards for aligning its investments with assembly the Paris Settlement goal of 1.5°C. 

One other report launched this week confirmed that BP is planning to spend £23 billion on new oil and fuel fields between now and 2030 – plans that fly within the face of the Worldwide Vitality Company’s warning that no new fossil gasoline extraction can go forward if we wish the world to remain inside 1.5 levels.

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Brendan Montague is editor of The Ecologist. This text relies on a press launch from BP or not BP?

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