Your support: success stories

BP is the British Museum's most longstanding corporate partner, generously supporting the British Museum's public programme on an annual basis since 1996.

Over the course of 19 years BP has supported numerous special exhibitions as title sponsor, most recently the hugely successful Vikings: Life and Legend and Ming: 50 Years that changed China, the inaugural exhibitions in the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery. Over the course of the partnership in excess of 3 million visitors have visited BP supported British Museum exhibitions or displays in Bloomsbury or further afield. In addition BP has supported special public events at the British Museum around Chinese New Year and the Mexican Day of the Dead.

In 2000 BP funded the BP Lecture Theatre, as part of the Great Court development at the British Museum. This is an invaluable resource for the Museum's education and public programme, as well as generating additional revenue through conference hire.

BP is committed to supporting the British Museum through to 2017 and will be the title sponsor of the Museum's next major exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation which opens in April 2015.

BP also supports the Museum in its national and international work; notably, it is currently the sole corporate partner to support our national programme of touring exhibitions. China: Journey to the East, supported by BP, was the largest exhibition of ancient Chinese material to be seen outside London and the most popular British Museum UK touring exhibition to date, with over 450,000 visitors. With its support in 2012 for Mummy: The Inside Story in Mumbai, BP also enabled the British Museum to tour an exhibition to India for the first time.

More success stories

Gold Royal Geographical Society medal

Acceptance in Lieu

Medals awarded to Scott of the Antarctic, acquired through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme.

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Curator talk at the Museum

John Lyon’s Charity

A unique project bringing young people and Museum curators together to explore objects.

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Copper alloy radiate of Carausius, AD 286-293

Kenneth Day

A bequest from the estate of the late Mr Kenneth Day to the Department of Coins and Medals.

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White ink drawing based upon the architectural design of muqarnas

Maryam and Edward Eisler

Maryam and Edward Eisler provided significant funding to help the Museum expand its Middle East collection.

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Samsung Digital Discovery Centre


A Digital Discovery Centre that enables children to bring world history to life through technology.

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A new building project transforming the way the Museum displays, studies and cares for its collection.

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Silver seal matrix set with a red jasper Roman intaglio showing the emperor Antoninus Pius

Dr John H Rassweiler

Supporting the care, research and public understanding of the museum’s collection of medieval seal matrices.

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Wolfson Foundation

The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation

Supporting accessible learning programmes at the British Museum

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