Patron support

Tip of a mammoth tusk carved as two reindeer

Tip of a mammoth tusk carved as two reindeer depicted one behind the other. Approximately 13,000 years old, from Montastruc, France

The British Museum Patrons support a wide range of activities and projects across the Museum.

Patrons also support specific projects such as the International Training Programme, which brings together international museum professionals from diverse backgrounds to share knowledge and to encourage future collaboration between museums globally.

In 2011 the Patrons helped secure the acquisition of a rare and beautiful male
Cycladic warrior figurine for the collection and their support also made possible the ground-breaking exhibition Ice Age Art: arrival of the modern mind which opened in February 2013.

Case studies

The Dance (detail). Pen and black ink, grey wash heightened with white on grey paper

Ottley Group

Members of the Ottley Group make an annual donation to the Prints and Drawings Department in support of the acquisition of Old Master and English drawings.

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Portrait of the sculptor Keith Hollingworth (detail), 1981. Handmade paperwork from dyed paper pulp

Vollard Group

The Vollard Group support the Prints and Drawings Department in the acquisition of key modern and contemporary works on paper made after 1945.

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Human Tapestry, 2009


With the support of the CaMMEA acquisitions group, the British Museum has collected contemporary art from the Middle East since the 1980s.

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For more information on these departmental supporter groups please contact the Patrons Officer on +44 (0)20 7323 8134 or email