Designed by Norman Foster, the Sainsbury Centre is ‘perhaps the greatest resource of its type on any British campus' (Times Good University Guide, 2005). Under one roof, it provides a wide range of resources for our students.
The Robert Sainsbury Library
The Robert Sainsbury Library supports the research and teaching needs of the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas (SRU) and is available to all of our Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. Housed in three reading rooms next to the main gallery, or ‘Living Area' of the Sainsbury Centre, the library has 14 study spaces, an IT and photocopying area, and a staffed reception desk. The Sainsbury Library specializes in the arts and culture of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, including related subjects such as anthropology, archaeology, and museum studies. The library has nearly 20,000 volumes and a range of journals, which complement the holdings of UEA's Main Library.
The galleries of the Sainsbury Centre attract more than 40,000 visitors a year. The permanent display of approximately a thousand objects fill the main permanent gallery, known as the Living Area. A temporary exhibition space provides one of the largest venues for special exhibitions outside London and hosts a range of shows, including exhibitions curated by our academic staff and by students on the MA in Museum Studies course.
Student Computing and Common Areas
In 2008 a student computing and study area was created in the airy, light-filled space at the heart of the teaching rooms and offices. The area provides tables for individual or collaborative work, and 10 dedicated computers, which are networked and offer printing. On either side of the computing facility are common areas with leather sofas and round tables, which overlook the lawn and woods behind the Sainsbury Centre. Students and faculty alike use the common areas, for lunch, a quick meeting, or a break from class - creating a space where the community can circulate informally.
Photographic Collection and Archive
Our photographic collection contains approximately 150,000 prints and 500,000+ negatives and positives, making it one of the largest of its type in the UK. Designed by Sir Norman Foster, is also home to many other collections including rare books, manuscripts, post cards, posters and many other types of art related documents and ephemera from around the world.