The Sainsbury Institute was founded in 1999 through the generosity of Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury to promote knowledge and understanding of Japanese arts and cultures. In its second decade the Institute has formulated a renewed mission statement, which not only reflects the benefactors’ intentions and is grounded in their original vision, but aims to expand its intellectual horizons.
The mission of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures is to promote world class research and be a leader in the study of Japanese arts and cultures from the past to the present.
Working with our partners and funders, the Institute furthers its mission through:
- Creating collaborative and active global research networks; and
- Disseminating the results of our research; while
- Advancing outreach and educational activities.
The Institute continues its close collaborations with institutional partners including schools of study at the University of East Anglia (UEA), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and the British Museum. It maintains its programme of fellowships, public lectures and international workshops as well as its commitment to the web and web publications.
The Lisa Sainsbury Library in Norwich remains central to the Institute’s vision and its collections are a research resource of major importance that we are pleased to share with advanced scholars throughout Europe.Sainsbury Institute, Norwich
The British Museum is one of the world’s greatest museums of human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some eight million works, is amongst the finest, most comprehensive, and largest in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
The University of East Anglia (UEA) is an internationally renowned university that provides top quality academic, social and cultural facilities. UEA is ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world. It is a leading member of the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science.
Sainsbury Institute is a member of Sainsbury Institute for the Art (SiFA).
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), is a public research university specialising in arts and humanities, languages, laws and social sciences relating to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and a constituent college of the University of London. SOAS currently offers over 300 undergraduate Bachelor’s degree combinations, and over 70 one-year intensively taught Master’s degrees.