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Trustee resigns from British Museum over BP sponsorship and artefacts repatriation

Ahdaf Soueif says she is leaving because of ‘museum’s immovability’ on critical issues

The Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif has resigned as a trustee of the British Museum because of its position on subjects including BP sponsorship and the repatriation of looted artefacts.

Soueif, a trustee since 2012, said her resignation was not because of a single issue. Rather “it was a cumulative response to the museum’s immovability on issues of critical concern to the people who should be its core constituency: the young and the less privileged”.

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