The British Museum has announced it will be removing the Sackler name as “we are entering a new era”.
It is the latest cultural institution to sever ties with the Sackler name, removing it from “galleries, spaces and foundations that have supported it,” announced British Museum Chairman George Osborne.
The Sackler name is synonymous with huge charitable donations to galleries and museums across the UK.
As chairman @British Museum we have reached an agreement with the Raymond & Beverly Sackler Foundation. The Sackler name will be removed from the galleries, spaces and foundations they support. We are entering a new era, presenting our great collection in different ways to new audiences
— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) March 25, 2022
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The National Portrait Gallery, Tate and the Roundhouse have turned down Sackler funds in recent years.
The chairman of the British Museum announced that it had “reached an agreement” with the Raymond & Beverly Sackler Foundation to remove the name from its walls.
“We are entering a new era, bringing our great collection to new audiences in different ways,” Mr Osborne tweeted.
In a statement to The Guardian, the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation said it had admired the British Museum’s work over the years.
It added, “As the museum develops a new transformation master plan for the future, we believe this decision comes at a unique time in the museum’s evolution.”
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https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/british-museum-cuts-ties-with-sackler-name-41489950.html The British Museum parted with the name Sackler