The Sacklers promise to “work constructively” with institutions that want to cut ties.

The Sackler family has said they want to work “constructively” with any institution that wishes to “reconsider” their naming duties to them.

The family name has become synonymous with huge charitable donations to galleries and museums across the UK.

But a number of institutions have severed ties in recent years over the Sacklers’ connection to the US opioid crisis.


The British Museum (Zak Hussein/PA)

The National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Gallery, the Roundhouse and the British Museum are among the places that have severed ties or rejected donations from the family or associated trusts in recent years.

Controversy has dogged the Sacklers over their ties to Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin, a pain reliever that has been at the center of several lawsuits related to the US opioid crisis.

A statement from trustees of family members at the Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation and The Sackler Trust said: “We want to help ensure the institutions we have supported over the years can go about their business without distraction or undue pressure.

“Your continued success is very important to us.

“In recognition of this interest, and consistent with our approach in the United States, we will work constructively with any institution that wishes to reconsider their naming duties to our family.”

In 2019, music venue Roundhouse in Camden turned down a £1million donation from the Sackler Trust over concerns for “young people”.

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And in late 2021, Tate confirmed it would remove all references to the Sacklers from its London galleries.

In March 2022, the chairman of the British Museum, former Chancellor George Osborne, announced that the name would be dropped from “galleries, rooms and foundations that support it”.

An international reaction has also seen venues such as the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York cut ties with the family. The Sacklers promise to “work constructively” with institutions that want to cut ties.

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