Review of the Museum and Art Gallery services : a report to the Department of Community Development, Sport & Cultural Affairs
MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan; Internal review of MAGNT. Final report March 2004
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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).
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
Northern Territory Government
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MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan 94 Comparison of the acquisition budget of the MAGNT relative to those of other institutions Recommendation: o The MAGNT should be better resourced to acquire collection objects, especially works of art, to build a collection commensurate with the status of a state collection. (Acquisition budgets are suggested in the budget scenarios.) Discussion of three budget scenarios for the MAGNT with their consequent service outcomes Scenario 1: Current funding allocation Recommendation: o If recurrent funding remains at current levels, the MAGNT should consider cessation of some program areas rather than ongoing attrition across all core functions. Scenario 2: 2003/04 funding plus an additional $1.5 million per year recurrent Recommendation: o With $1.5 million increased recurrent funding, it is suggested that these funds are directed to key strategic staff positions, website development, a temporary exhibition program, progressive upgrades of long term galleries, collection acquisitions and miscellaneous operations (collection care, research, facilities management). Scenario 3: 2003/04 funding plus $5.5 million recurrent over 3-5 years and then an amount to be determined per year recurrent Recommendation: o With $5.5 million increased recurrent funding, it is suggested that the areas noted in scenario two are further resourced, together with several additional staff positions, a collections information management system, an Indigenous Art and Culture Unit, a History of the Northern Territory gallery and a substantial outreach program. ___________ Recommendation on budget scenarios: o 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 multiple 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.