To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken by (a) Museums and Galleries Northern Ireland and (b) the Public Records Office Northern Ireland to catalogue the Harland and Wolff working drawings for ships acquired in 2002; and what steps have been taken to provide public access to these documents.
Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland (MAGNI) have been engaged over an extended period in identifying drawings at risk. The priority has been to secure, preserve and catalogue the vast number of drawings in existence. The material collected in 2002 is included in this exercise. In parallel with this, MAGNI has initiated a programme of copying and digitisation of key drawings, the longer term aim of which is to provide enhanced public access to the drawings. Some of the drawings are currently on display in the Titanic Exhibition at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has a small group of ships' drawings—86 in all from 1956–76—which are all catalogued and available for public access.