Should museums take sponsorship from oil companies? - Museums Association

Should museums take sponsorship from oil companies?

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The British Museum has come under pressure not to renew its sponsorship deal with BP when it comes to an end this year.

100 prominent figures have written a letter to The Guardian calling on the institution’s new director Hartwig Fischer to drop the partnership with the company.

The letter, signed by people working in the arts, science and politics including Margaret Atwood, Mark Ruffalo and Mark Rylance, said:

“As the impacts of climate change are being felt more forcefully around the world, it is vital that prominent public institutions like the British Museum play their part in minimising the environmental impacts of their activities”.

The issue of fossil fuel companies sponsoring culture and the arts is becoming increasingly prominent, in part due to ongoing protests by groups such as Art not Oil and BP or not BP.

Some long-term sponsorship deals have recently ended. Last month BP announced that it would finish its sponsorship deal with Tate in 2017 and an arrangement between the Science Museum and Shell was not renewed when it came to an end last year.

Is it time for museums to end their involvements with fossil fuel companies? Or are such arrangements a legitimate way of generating income? Have your say in the poll below.

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