Public meeting on museum sponsorship with Art not Oil and London CAAT
Concerned about the pernicious influence of oil and arms companies on our museums? Believe our museums should be free of corporate influence? Then come along on 24th September for an afternoon of learning and planning, with Art not Oil and London Campaign Against Arms Trade.
With BP sponsoring the Sunken Cities exhibition at the British Museum and the arms companies Thales and Airbus having sponsorship deals with the London Transport Museum and Science Museum respectively, the influence of these heinous companies on our museums has never been more in need of challenging.
Our museums are places of wonder that educate, fascinate and allow us to see the world in a different way. Oil and arms companies are the antithesis of this, causing harm and destruction wherever they operate. BP is responsible for environmentally destructive behaviour, for instance the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 crewman and caused the largest oil spill in US waters. Thales and Airbus are two of the world's largest arms companies who make drones, armoured vehicles and missiles that they then sell to repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan. By doing deals with these companies and allowing them to use their facilities, the museums are given them a veneer of legitimacy they do not deserve.
Join us on September 24th to hear from Art Not Oil and London Campaign Against Arms Trade about these dodgy deals and plan actions to challenge them.
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