BP protest runs out of steam

Country Life Every Week - - Athena - Cul­tural Cru­sader

EAR­LIER this month, the lon­grun­ning cam­paign by en­vi­ron­men­tal lob­by­ists against BP’S spon­sor­ship of Arts or­gan­i­sa­tions in Bri­tain re­ceived a set­back. A report by the Mu­se­ums As­so­ci­a­tion’s (MA) ethics com­mit­tee on al­le­ga­tions that BP was in­fring­ing the MA’S guide­lines on com­mer­cial spon­sor­ship con­cluded that there was no ev­i­dence of im­pro­pri­ety.

The al­le­ga­tions were made by Art Not Oil, a coali­tion of protest groups, which had ob­tained ma­te­rial un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act 2000 about the work­ings of BP’S spon­sor­ship of the Bri­tish Mu­seum, the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery and Tate. The ethics com­mit­tee con­cluded that the ac­tiv­ity that was re­vealed—such as dis­cus­sions with BP about the plan­ning and

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