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Northern Ireland: Folk and Transport Museum

Volume 685: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In the light of criticism by the Northern Ireland Audit Office in its report HC1130, Session 2005–06, of 8 June, what steps the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum has taken to improve the storage facilities for its transport collection. [HL7200]

Following the PAC hearing on 21 June 2006 National Museums Northern Ireland is preparing a storage plan designed to address current deficits in its storage facilities, including those housing the transport collections of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans the Northern Ireland Folk and Transport Museum has to restore (a) a merchant schooner called the “Result”; and (b) an AEC Belfast trolleybus; and what are the plans for their future display. [HL7201]

A programme of conservation works has been carried out on the “Result” since her acquisition by the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in 1970.

The museum has undertaken to explore options for the restoration and long-term exhibition of the vessel.

The AEC Belfast trolleybus was acquired by the museum in support of its restoration programme. The museum currently has a fully restored 1940s trolleybus on display in its road transport gallery. There are therefore no plans for the restoration and display of the vehicle at this time.