The British Museum says it is getting 25 million pounds ($38
million) from John Sainsbury, the former chairman of Britain’s eponymous
The donation is one of the biggest gifts to the arts in
recent decades and will help the world-renowned London institution fund an
extension and preserve its cache of ancient artifacts.
The donation also comes at a time of uncertainty for British
cultural institutions, which are facing deep cuts in public funding as the new
government works to balance the country’s budget.
The British Museum receives about 5 million visitors a year.
Its collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Elgin