On 29 May 2014, the Trust hosted a visit by Japanese stained glass artist, conservator, and historian Masato Shida, and photographer Takuji Shimmura. Masato has published widely in Japan on the subject of stained glass and is an expert on French stained glass following many years living and studying there. In a new role, Masato has been commissioned to assist in the development of Japan's first museum of stained glass, which is due to open in 2015 in the city of Kakegawa. The museum will focus on a collection of 180 exceptional examples of 19th century stained glass panels, predominantly from England and put together by a local Japanese collector and enthusiast.
Masato and his assistant Takuji were making a trip to England to meet fellow practitioners and carry out research into the origins of their priceless collection, with the aim of developing the research to assist with the interpretation of the glass when on display. After studying photographs of the various panels in the collection, Sarah was able to confirm that much of it represented the highest quality of 19th century artistry in stained glass. Our visitors were given a tour of the studio and the Minster and discussions were held on future cultural exchanges. It was a great pleasure to meet such dedicated and enthusiastic advocates of the art of stained glass and we very much look forward to keeping in contact, and seeing how the new museum develops.
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