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Review of the Museum and Art Gallery services : a report to the Department of Community Development, Sport & Cultural Affairs



Review of the Museum and Art Gallery services : a report to the Department of Community Development, Sport & Cultural Affairs

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MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan; Internal review of MAGNT. Final report March 2004


Morgan, Gary


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"This Review has looked at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory’s outputs relative to benchmark museum and art gallery activities and outputs around Australia and relative to international trends in museum practice. This Review has also considered possible service outcomes set against three funding scenarios." - Executive summary


This review was commissioned by Risk Management Services of the Department of the Chief Minister for the Northern Territory, on behalf of the Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs. The review was put to Tender in October 2004, with the Tender awarded in November 2004. - Introduction; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

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Executive summary -- Part A: Introduction - Background -- Outputs of this review. Part B: Outputs of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory - A comparison of the MAGNT outputs in activities of collection development and management, public programs and research relative to those of other state museums and galleries - A discussion of the MAGNT outputs relative to national and international trends in museums and galleries - A consideration of the scientific focus of the MAGNT in terms of a) its management and outcomes relative to other museums and b) its contribution to Northern Territory economic activity and Government programs - A comparison of per square metre exhibition costs at the MAGNT relative to other institutions - A comparison of the acquisition budget of the MAGNT relative to other institutions. Part C: Possible budget scenarios - A discussion of three budget scenarios for the MAGNT with their consequent service outcomes. Part D: Summary of recommendations. Part E: Sources and acknowledgements. Part F: Appendices 1-8




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Northern Territory Government

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xviii, 124 pages ; 30 cm.

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/458000; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/457995

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MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan 87 There is another important consideration for scenario three. The scenario refers to a subsequent review of the ongoing recurrent funding after 3-5 years. This discussion has assumed that the $5.5 million would be at least ongoing after years 3-5. If the recurrent allocation to the MAGNT should reduce after the $5.5 million pa has been reached then the above discussion becomes invalid in the longer term. Programs established over that period would require review and scaling back. Should this be a likely option, then staff appointments should best be on contract rather than as permanent positions. _________________ Summary: Funding scenario three would result in very significant enhancement of the MAGNTs program delivery across all areas of its core functions. The public program would be resourced to a degree comparable to or exceeding other Australian state museums and art galleries and the collections acquisition funding would be adequate to build a state collection of significance. Research and collection care functions would be improved, within the limitations of current facilities. Many of the operational elements have associated capital costs (approximately $12.2 million associated with the increased operational activity). A project-based approach to expenditure would allow advancement on some of the priority capital/one-off costs. _________________ In considering the three funding scenarios, it is the Consultants view that a funding increase somewhere between scenarios two and three would place the MAGNT soundly for delivering on its dual role of state museum and art gallery. Given the relative size of the Northern Territory, scenario three would be a generous allocation on a per capita basis, although the dual museum-art gallery roles of the MAGNT must be considered. Scenario three would certainly result in very significant improvements in public service delivery assuming associated capital costs could also be addressed. 8.6 How big is a $30 million capital works program? The MAGNTs Building Masterplan (refer Internal Review March 2004) is split into refurbishments to the original buildings and construction of new facilities. The Consultant is not qualified to attempt a costing refurbishment costs and many elements are rather vague within the current preliminary Plan. For example, improving existing galleries could be new coat of paint for the main galleries or a complete rehousing for the Maritime collection (the cost of substantially improving the environment of the Maritime Gallery would be very high). Insofar as the suggested new facilities, the MAGNT Building Masterplan has not been subject to a QS assessment and the Consultant is loathe to suggest a budget for the various items. The Masterplan has 3,100 square metres of new public facilities (foyer, three new galleries, shop, caf) and at least 1,500 square metres of new back-of-house facilities (collection storage, loading bay, exhibition preparation). The MAGNT has indicated a notional budget of $19 million for these new facilities on the Bullocky Point site (internal budget papers) and a further $12 million for refurbishment of existing buildings, totalling $31 million.*