Unofficial tour guides descended on the British Museum today at 2pm, urging the museum to repatriate objects acquired through colonialism and to end its long-standing partnership with the oil giant BP . The event was publicly announced in advance, and included a call for the return of the Benin Bronzes housed in the museum. In … More British Museum closes Africa Gallery in response to our protest tour
UPDATE: The tour has now happened! Here’s the full film of the event, see below for the schedule to help navigate the film 🙂 On August 14th 2021, we held a disobedient livestreamed tour inside the British Museum, without permission, watched live by hundreds of people. This is the full recording of what happened… 0:00:00 … More The “Striking Back at the Empire” tour
Today at 12.30pm, performers from the activist theatre group BP or not BP? began a dramatic musical protest inside the British Museum, to challenge BP’s sponsorship of the “Nero: The Man Behind The Myth” exhibition which opens next week.  Three professional violinists, dressed as the Emperor Nero but in the colours of the BP … More ‘Roman’ choir brings violins and fire to British Museum in BP protest
On May 12th at 10am, a creative protest took over the street outside BP’s London headquarters in St James’s Square. The performance protest was timed to coincide with the start of the company’s Annual General Meeting for shareholders at 11am, which was happening within the building and online. The protest, organized by a coalition of … More BP AGM Hit by Messy Greenwash Protest
This morning, we returned to the British Museum’s Great Court where we held a protest in solidarity with Indigenous Arctic communities whose sacred lands are under immediate threat from oil drilling. It was part of a day of action called by Gwich’in and Iñupiaq-led Indigenous groups in Alaska, against the Trump administration’s push to open … More We join call for end to Arctic drilling from inside the British Museum!
In February, 1500 people joined us to protest BP’s sponsorship of the British Museum. We peacefully occupied the building and grounds for three days to shine a spotlight on the oil company’s impacts around the world, and the ways in which the museum’s own history and that of its sponsor were born out of colonialism … More Our statement on the reopening of the British Museum
On Monday 20th April, we want you to join us and other groups in a simple online action which will shine a spotlight on the impacts of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, as well as highlighting ongoing struggles against fossil fuel expansion that are unfolding today. An explosion took place on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform … More Join us in marking 10 years on from BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill!
This morning at 10.30am, 40 activists processed out of the British Museum after successfully occupying its iconic Great Court for 20 hours and creating a “durational artwork” overnight, in a challenge to the museum’s BP sponsorship deal. After smuggling sleeping bags, plaster bandages and a pop-up toilet into the museum, the group set about creating … More We just occupied the British Museum for 3 days, against BP sponsorship and colonialism
A huge Trojan Horse, emblazoned with the logo of British Museum sponsor BP, was snuck into the museum’s courtyard at 7:30 this morning. The wooden horse, which is 4 metres tall and can seat 10 people inside, was crowdfunded and built by ‘actorvist’ theatre group BP or not BP?, and pulled in by a group … More BREAKING: We’ve snuck a huge Trojan Horse into the British Museum!
Over 1200 of you have now signed up for what is set to be our biggest ever protest against BP sponsorship, a mass creative action at the British Museum on 8th February. After 7 years and 39 actions at the museum, we can’t wait any longer: Indonesia is flooded, Australia is on fire and yet … More Join us for ‘BP Must Fall’