UK Government Blocked Noted Classicist Mary Beard from British Museum Role

  • March 02, 2020 13:32

  • Email
Mary Beard presenting her TV series The Shock of the Nude, on BBC2
Photograph: Polly Alderton/BBC/Lion Television

The British Museum is a gargantuan repository of classical artifacts and Mary Beard is Britain's most high profile classicist. Seems like a match, yet...

Downing Street reportedly vetoed the appointment of Britain's best known classicist from becoming a trustee at the British Museum, reports The Guardian. The reason is thought to be that Professor Dame Mary Beard, who received a Getty Medal in 2019 for her scholarship, has pro-EU views which she voiced in various media during the age of Brexit, according to The Observer.


With the decision to exclude Beard made under the premiership of Theresa May and not Boris Johnson, the appointment could still be in play. The UK government, which gives the institution £40m of funding a year, gets to appoint most of the museum's trustees, while the museum is allowed to select five.

Beard said on Twitter: "Can I say thank you to everyone for such warm support over the BM thing. I am touched. I should in fairness point out one thing: in this, Boris is innocent. It was before his time in No 10."

Beard is a Cambridge don known for her deep knowledge and engaging approach in presenting ancient cultures, as seen in her many broadcasts including the popular new TV series Shock of the Nude on BBC Two.

Read more at Guardian

Tags: antiquities

  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

Kanye West at Coachella, 2011.  West's Yeezy brand was awarded a PPP loan.

Some Parts of Arts Industry Got Multimillions in PPP Loans

  • ArtfixDaily / July 7th, 2020

A slice of the $521 billion in government economic relief meant for small businesses in the U.S. during the ...

At MASS MoCA, Martin Puryear, "Big Bling," 2016.  Pressure-treated laminated timbers, plywood, chain-link fencing, fiberglass, and gold leaf.  Courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.

Massachusetts Museums Are Readying to Reopen; Find Fresh Exhibitions and Art Walks in The Berkshires

  • ArtfixDaily / July 7th, 2020

The three largest museums in the Berkshires⁠—the Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA and the Norman Rockwell Museum—plan ...

DETAIL: Joana Vasconcelos, Rubra, 2016; Murano glass, wool yarn, ornaments, LED lighting, polyester, and iron, 69 1/4 x 43 in.  diameter; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Christine Suppes; Photo by Francesco Allegretto

National Museum of Women in the Arts Acquires Over 170 Works by 4 Artists

  • ArtfixDaily / July 7th, 2020

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) has announced recent major collection acquisitions that reflect a ...


U.K. Provides Nearly $2 Billion For Struggling Arts Sector

  • The Hollywood Reporter / July 6th, 2020

The British government announced Sunday a £1.57 billion ($1.96 billion) rescue package for the U.K.'s arts and ...


Related Press Releases

Related Events

Goto Calendar
Spencer Helfen Fine Arts - Special Exhibition

ARTFIXdaily Artwire