The British Museum is facing renewed calls to drop BP as a sponsor after it was forced to close early because of the climate change-induced extreme heat.
The museum had to close at 3pm on Monday and Tuesday as London saw record-breaking temperatures of over 40C.
BP is a key sponsor of the British Museum, but the association has come under scrutiny recently, with climate activists urging the museum to end the partnership.
Chris Garrard of pressure group Culture Unstained told The Big Issue: “This should be a wake-up call for the museum’s board of trustees who, by cutting their ties to BP, could help to turn the tide on climate delay and inaction.
“It will be a source of shame if, after weeks of record-breaking temperatures, the museum looks the other way and continues to let BP brand its next major exhibition, helping to deflect from the company’s role in fuelling climate breakdown.”
Tuesday saw the UK’s heat record go from 38.7C to 40.3C – an increase of 1.6C. Heat records usually only increase by decimal points. It sparked fires which led to the busiest day since the Second World War for London’s firefighters.