Thames & Hudson (T&H) and the British Museum have entered a four-year publishing agreement, the second major deal the museum has signed with a UK publisher in the past fortnight.
T&H and the British Museum will publish co-branded adult titles related to exhibitions and the museum's general collection, beginning in May 2016. T&H has distributed British Museum Press (BMP) titles for more than 30 years. Sophy Thompson, publishing director at T&H, said: “Access to over 10,000 years of history and more than seven million objects [in the British Museum collection] is every visual publisher’s dream.”
In the first week of October, the British Museum announced a “broad-ranging” partnership with Nosy Crow; the publisher will release children’s books with the museum, beginning in 2017.
The agreements follow restructuring across the British Museum’s digital and publishing divisions. A spokesperson for the museum would not be drawn on whether BMP was being shut down, but said the agreements with T&H and Nosy Crow were part of "the ongoing development and strategic alignment of our website, digital and publishing activities".