Science Museum Group trustees
Hannah Fry (left) and Jo Foster (right) have stepped down as trustees of the UK Science Museum Group board. Science Museum photo: Tiia Monto; Fry: Sebastiaan ter Burg.
Gareth Harris, More turmoil at UK Science Museum Group as two trustees step down over ties to coal conglomerate, The Art Newspaper, 1 November 2021
Hannah Fry and Jo Foster quit museum as it partners with Indian company Adani to sponsor a new “green” gallery, due to open in 2023.
Two trustees have resigned from the board of the UK Science Museum Group because the institution has signed a sponsorship deal with the fossil fuel company Adani. The controversy comes as politicians and environmental experts from around the world descend on Glasgow for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, Cop26 (until 12 November).
Hannah Fry, a professor in the Mathematics of Cities at University College London, stepped down, saying that she is concerned “the Science Museum is giving the false impression that scientists believe the current efforts of fossil fuel companies are sufficient to avoid disaster”. Jo Foster, the director of the UK charity Institute for Research in Schools, also opposes the decision.
The museum group recently announced that the Adani Green Energy company, part of the Indian conglomerate Adani, will sponsor a new gallery, called Energy Revolution: the Adani Green Energy Gallery, which is due to open in 2023. Gautam Adani, the company founder, tweeted: “The new gallery will explore how we can power the future through low carbon technologies. It will be a reminder of the power of the sun and the wind in our daily lives.” But the company has significant interests in coal mining.