INDEPENDENT: British Museum broke own rules over BP sponsorship, campaigners say




The British Museum has broken its own rules by not allowing trustees to help decide whether or not to renew a five-year sponsorship deal with BP, activists have claimed.

Art Not Oil, a coalition group of organisations campaigning against ‘Big Oil’ sponsorship in the arts, used a Freedom of Information request to discover that trustees were not part of the decision-making process, despite widespread opposition to the controversial deal from staff and members of the public.

The group said the disclosure called into question the legitimacy of the new sponsorship deal, which was announced in July.

In November 2015, campaigners said the former director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor outlined the institution’s official decision-making process in a letter to staff represented by the Public and Commercial Services Union.

“Any ethical questions which arise in the context of the Museum’s activities or sponsorships are discussed and decided by the Board of Trustees,” Mr MacGregor told the union.

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