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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




Museums -- Northern Territory -- Public opinion; Museums -- Evaluation; Public relations -- Museums -- Northern Territory

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Northern Territory Government

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xviii, 124 pages ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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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 92 Facilities management Recommendation: o A Strategic Asset Management Plan for the MAGNT should be developed and funding committed to it. MAGNT outputs relative to national and international trends in museums and galleries Better understanding the needs of the audiences and being more audience focused Recommendations: o Future visitor surveys should attempt to gauge the impacts of the exhibitions on the audience ie does the visitor feel they have learnt something and what has that been? o There should be a formalised process that ensures audience data are inserted into planning processes within the MAGNT, and actions should be tracked and recorded against those data. o Resources permitting, surveys of non-visitors should be implemented to gain information on why people are not visiting. Being more involved in community-partnered products Recommendations: o The MAGNT should build on its already strong reputation in Indigenous arts to establish new products for and about Indigenous people and their culture. There is the opportunity to be a national leader in this regard. o A Community Access Program could be established with relatively small additional resources. Developing products for special interest and under-service groups Recommendations: o An improved and expanded Aboriginal cultural program is recommended above. o Consideration should be given to identifying a number of demographic groups (eg. young children, older people) and a program developed to provided focused products (this may require additional resources). Improving the learning experience by the use of a wide array of methodologies Recommendations: o If additional resources can be secured, there should be a program of exhibition enhancements that incorporate a range of methods and technologies to enhance learning. This should apply to the main galleries and the Discovery Centre. o A rich and engaging website which provides a range of services and information should be developed as a priority.