Connecting through culture
BP is one of the most significant corporate investors in UK arts and culture with a history that spans almost four decades. Our major partnerships are with the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, Tate Britain and the Royal Shakespeare Company
Today we focus on long term partnerships with the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Opera House, Royal Shakespeare Company and Tate Britain. Our investment of almost £10 million in extending these relationships until 2017, represents one of the most significant and enduring investments in UK arts and culture. Increasingly, programmes with all our partners are becoming international, enabling people around the globe to enjoy the best of British arts and culture.
As a result of our commitment, millions of people - nationally and internationally - have engaged with BP sponsored activities such as opera and ballet productions, special exhibitions, works of art, family festival days, awards, grants and lectures.
The BP Archive
Since 1967 the BP Archive has been formally retaining records relating to the History of the Company. The collection consists of over 13 linear kilometres of paper records, photographs, artefacts, film and audio visual items. These, by the nature of the Company’s operations, include information on the cultural, social and economic histories of the countries in which we have and continue to operate around the world.
These records are not only used by the Company to support its primary business activities, but also to enhance its reputation by making the material available to cultural and historical institutions in those countries. For the past 20 years, the archive has also been made accessible to academic researchers and representatives of cultural institutions at its location on the campus of the University of Warwick.