Dr Buckland read Japanese Studies at the University of Cambridge and she obtained her doctorate in Japanese art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2008. She worked at the British Museum both before and after her PhD, documenting and researching the collection of Japanese paintings, and was closely involved with the launch of the collections database online.
She joined National Museums Scotland in 2010, where she curates the Japanese collections, comprising a large group of 19th-century woodblock prints, ceramics, metalware, lacquer, miniature arts, textiles, arms and armour, archaeological and ethnographic material.
Her primary research interest is Japanese visual culture of the 19th century, in particular the world of Sinophile interests among artists, poets, and scholars. In 2013 she produced an exhibition drawn from the Museum’s Japanese 19th-century woodblock print collection, with accompanying catalogue. She also contributed to the collaborative project at the British Museum and the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), Shunga: Sex and Humour in Japanese Art, 1600–1900. Latest research projects have been on recently rediscovered works: the 17th-century handscroll painting ‘Theatres of the East’ by Furuyama Moromasa (City of Edinburgh Council), and a large group of preparatory sketches by Taki Katei (Liverpool Museums). She is currently planning the Museum’s new East Asia Gallery, as part of the HLF-funded Revealing Cultures project.
For further publications see: National Museums Scotland Research Repository.