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Is the writing on the wall for the British Museum’s BP deal?

By Esther Addley

11 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The British Museum no longer wants to be a "destination for climate protest," according to the Guardian. The newspaper asks what that means for the museum's controversial longtime sponsor, BP.

The future for the British Museum could be very different indeed. That was the message from the organisation’s chair George Osborne in his annual speech to Trustees last month, in which he announced a “complete reimagination” of the museum, under a billion-pound masterplan that will be revealed next year.

Among the hints of potential loans of its exhibits, leading to further speculation over the Parthenon marbles, was one explicit promise on energy. “Our goal is to be a net zero carbon museum,” said Osborne, “no longer a destination for climate protest but instead an example of climate solution”.

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