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Jim Allister reveals Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Jim Allister reveals Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Jim Allister reveals Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Jim Allister reveals Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Jim Allister reveals Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Jim Allister reveals Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Jim Allister reveals Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Jim Allister reveals Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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A model of Parliament buildings

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A model of Parliament buildings Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Mould and damage on A model of Parliament buildings

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Mould and damage on A model of Parliament buildings Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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A model of Parliament buildings

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A model of Parliament buildings Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Mould and damage on A model of Parliament buildings

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Mould and damage on A model of Parliament buildings Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Mould and damage on A model of Parliament buildings

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Mould and damage on A model of Parliament buildings Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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A throne 

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A throne Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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A throne 

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A throne Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Portrait of Rt Hon JM Andrews by F McKelvey

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Portrait of Rt Hon JM Andrews by F McKelvey Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Portrait of Sir Henry Wilson MP

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Portrait of Sir Henry Wilson MP Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Portrait of Lord Craigavon 

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Portrait of Lord Craigavon Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Portrait of Lord Armaghdale by Riviere

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Portrait of Lord Armaghdale by Riviere Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Ornamental stand  for the bell from HMS Ulster.

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Ornamental stand for the bell from HMS Ulster. Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Ornamental stand  for the bell from HMS Ulster.

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Ornamental stand for the bell from HMS Ulster. Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Ulster Tower , Mantle Clock and a Bust of Fredrick Temple

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Ulster Tower , Mantle Clock and a Bust of Fredrick Temple Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Bust of Fredrick Temple

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Bust of Fredrick Temple Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Portrait of Fredrick Temple

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Portrait of Fredrick Temple Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Jim Allister reveals Stormont art work at a lock up on the outskirts of Belfast on May 10th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A treasure trove of art linked to the key moments in Northern Ireland's history was uncovered for the first time after years in storage.

TUV leader Jim Allister has been campaigning for six years for the items to be put back on public display.

Most of the items were moved to storage in 1995 to allow refurbishment at Parliament Buildings at Stormont.

Included is a portrait of Northern Ireland first Prime Minister James Craig in ceremonial uniform, the wig worn by Sir Hugh O'Neill, the Speaker of the Northern Ireland House of Commons and a table thought to have been used for the signing of the 1801 Act of Union.

In the past six years almost £80,000 has been spent on housing the items which are currently housed in a warehouse outside Belfast.

MLA Jim Allister said: “After several years campaigning on the issue I was permitted to view the many artefacts and works of art belonging to the Assembly - and thus to the public - which have been hidden away for years in commercial storage, for which the public is paying over £11,000 per annum.

“I found nothing offensive or objectionable from which the public must be protected.

“Instead, I saw some marvellous and interesting works of art and historic memorabilia which are part of Northern Ireland's history and which should be available for any interested member of the public to see. Why should things as varied as portraits of former Prime Ministers of Northern Ireland, a model of Thiepval Tower, various ceremonial items, the stand for the Bell from HMS Ulster and the ceremonial wig of the first Speaker, be hidden away?

“I am renewing my call for the Assembly Commission to establish a permanent exhibition of these items in Parliament Buildings so that any interested member of the public can view them. There are plenty of empty rooms.”

An Assembly Spokeswoman added: “While a small number of the artefacts and artwork held by the Assembly Commission are currently in offsite storage, most are either on permanent public display, displayed in other parts of Parliament Buildings or on long term loan to other locations.

This collection of artefacts was revealed to the media after sitting in storage since 1995. TUV leader Jim Allister is campaigning to have the historical objects and paintings on public display.

"Once the Assembly appoints a new Commission, it will be open to it to consider the merits of an exhibition of artwork in Parliament Buildings.”

 

Belfast Telegraph