FOI 15-21: Assembly Commissions’ collection of art and artefacts

Information Standards Freedom of Information Response

Our Ref: FOI 15-21

13 May 2021

Freedom of Information Act 2000

I am writing to confirm that the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission (Assembly Commission) holds information relevant to your request of 12 April 2021.  In your request you asked for the following information:

“I was wondering if I would be able to request an itemised list of the Assembly’s collection of art and artefacts, which were mentioned in this article in 2018:

I am particularly looking for anything that was purchased or gifted between 1920 and 1955, if that is at all possible.”


Please see the information attached at Appendix A below.

You have the right to request a formal review by the Assembly Commission and if you wish to do so, please write to me at the above address.

If after such an internal review you are still unhappy with the response, you have the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF who will undertake an independent review.

The Assembly Commission may publish details of your FOI request and our official response within the organisational disclosure log. The request will be completely anonymised and you will not be identified in any way. This is to meet the requirements as laid out by in the agreed publication scheme with the Information Commissioners’ Office.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above.

Yours sincerely



Appendix A

A list of the Assembly's collection of art and artefacts is provided in the table below. Our records do not, unfortunately, include details of when each of the items was acquired. Please let me know if you require anything further.


Official opening of Parliament Buildings (photograph)

Oil painting by P Van Meulen

The Assembly in Session by Noel Murphy

State Opening of Parliament, small

La Baie

Picture of the Irish House of Commons

Portrait of Lord Bannside by Nolan

Portrait of Martin McGuinness by Tony Bell

Portrait of Lord Trimble by Nolan

Portrait of Mark Durkan by Conor Walton

Portrait of Seamus Mallon by Rita Duffy

Portrait of Eileen Bell by Conor Walton

Portrait of Lord Alderdice by Carol Graham

The House Will Divide by Noel Murphy

Portrait of Seamus Heaney by Ross Wilson

Portrait of CS Lewis by Ross Wilson

Rowel Friars Drawings

The Obelisk on the Boyne by J Tudor

Large Portrait of Sir Basil Brooke

Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II by Lydia de Burgh

State Opening of Parliament, large

Portrait of Frederick Temple, 3rd Marquess of Dufferin and Ava by C Williams

Portrait of Lord Craigavon by N Becker

Portrait of Lord Armaghdale by Riviere

Portrait of Rt Hon JM Andrews by F McKelvey

Portrait of Sir Henry Wilson MP

Gov. of N.I. Parliament Historic Occasions 1945

Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference pictures

Queen Victoria's Jubilee

View of Belmont & Glenmachan

Miscellaneous Photographs



The uniform of the Sergeant at Arms

Black Rod’s uniform and sword

Herald’s Tabard

Collection of Clerks’ Uniforms



Elizabeth II Coronation Vase

Bell from "HMS Ulster"

Black Rod’s Wand of Office

A Japanese Officer’s Sword presented to the people of Northern Ireland by Lord Mountbatten of Burma.

William IV two-handled Vase

Major Daniel Dixons Lingfield Hurdle Cup 1928

Royal Irish Rifles Silver Cup 1903

The Parliament Golf Handicap Challenge Cup 1927

Silver Lighter

Silver Maces

Victorian Tea Service

Gilt-tooled Dispatch Box

Jardinière made from the timbers of the "Mountjoy” (2nr.)

Two Red Leather Dispatch Boxes

Speaker's Robes and Wig

Oak Long Case Clock

Books containing the Names of the Civilian War Dead

Table with Map of Northern Ireland

Throne Chair

Part Model of Parliament Buildings

Bust of Frederick Temple

Roll of Honour Table

Ornamental Stand for the Bell from "HMS Ulster"

The uniform of the Sergeant at Arms

Mantle Clock

Framed Letter from HRH Duke of Edinburgh

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Letter

Collection of Clerks’ Uniforms

French Mantle Clock

Model of Thiepval Tower

Items of Crockery


Various Military Items

Assorted items from the Speaker’s Office

Ceremonial Sword

Egg Timer

Brass Lamp Parts

3 x Warehouse Cages filled with Books

3 x Boxed Chandeliers