The British Museum
The British Museum was founded in 1753 to promote universal understanding through the arts, natural history and science in a public museum. Housed in one of Britain’s architectural landmarks, the collection spans two million years of human history. The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures has a formal collaborative agreement with the Japanese Section, Department of Asia, at the British Museum to co-operate in research, publications and public presentations relating to Japanese arts and cultures in the UK. Based on this agreement, the Institute works regularly with the British Museum to realise a wide range of activities ranging from lectures, conferences, and research projects resulting in major exhibitions such as Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan (2007) and The Power of Dogu (2009).
The Institute’s Research Director, Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, is currently seconded to the British Museum, carrying out surveying and cataloguing the Japanese ceramics collection at the museum. In the past she has curated two major exhibitions held at the British Museum, (Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan 17th-19th Centuries in 2003 and Crafting Beauty: Celebrating 50 Years of the Japan Traditional Arts Crafts exhibition in 2007) and has edited the associated catalogues.
The Research Director was previously seconded to the British Museum for six months in 2006 to work on the new permanent exhibition in the Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries, a project in which the then Assistant Director of the Institute, Simon Kaner, who is currently the Head of Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, was also involved.
The Institute’s Librarian, Akira Hirano, acts as Honorary Librarian to the Japanese Section of the British Museum.The British Museum’s Great Court, designed by Sir Norman Foster in 2000.
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.
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