Trojan Horse protest calls on British Museum to drop BP

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

Over 1,500 people protested outside the British Museum against the continued sponsorship by BP. Activists from the “BP or not BP” group, also snuck a 13 foot tall Trojan Horse into the main courtyard, a play on the oil giant’s sponsorship of the “Troy: myth and reality” exhibition. A spokesman for the museum described the protest as “peaceful and good natured” as performances and talks were held across the museum encouraging it and its trustees to sever ties with the fossil fuel industry. Pressure is mounting after National Galleries Scotland, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National History Museum have all cut ties with BP. In 2019, Ahdaf Soueif, a British Museum trustee, also resigned in 2019, citing the controversial partnership as one of her reasons.

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