UK museums sponsored by BP not in breach of code of ethics


Following a two-month-long investigation, the Museums Association has found that UK cultural institutions sponsored by the oil giant BP are not in breach of its code of ethics.

In May, the protest coalition Art Not Oil published a report based on documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate. The protestors said the papers demonstrated “the multiple ways in which BP has interfered in the running of the museums and galleries it sponsors”, including being involved in curatorial decision-making and museum security… Read more

Image: Fifteen different groups organised a day-long “protest festival” against BP’s sponsorship at the British Museum in September 2015. (Image: © Anna Branthwaite)