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

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MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan 105 Appendix 4. A summary of views expressed in the interviews with stakeholders. A summary of the views and suggestions expressed by those persons interviewed is presented here under category headings. The participants in the process of review were all stakeholders of the MAGNT in some way, and most if not all must be regarded as generic friends or allies of the institution. Those who work for the MAGNT have a stake in enhancing their work environment and organisational delivery. Those who support it in various ways (eg on the Board or Foundation) are clearly committed to the agencys advancement or would not devote their time as they do. Staff in other Northern Territory agencies that work with the MAGNT will, presumably, benefit if the museum can deliver a better range or quality of services. Museum leaders around the country have a shared desire to see museums and galleries better resourced. Thus it is not surprising that the overall input from stakeholders was highly supportive of the MAGNT and desirous of improved conditions and resources for it. This Review did not attempt any form of broader community consultation. There is however input gained from the Exit Surveys that the MAGNT undertakes biannually and the larger scale Visitor Intercept Survey (McGregor Tan Research, September 2004). These documents are not referred to here, but are discussed at several points within the body of this Review. Overview of stakeholder comments The general observations of the MAGNT by those interviewed were overwhelming positive. This was particularly so regarding the public programs run by the institution. It was regarded as a high quality resource to the people and Territory, especially when the size of the population of the Northern Territory is considered. Those who commented from an external perspective regarded the MAGNT as having a great public front, the displays were described as anywhere from good to magnificent and that the MAGNT punches above its weight in terms of delivery of visitor experiences. Darwin is very fortunate to have the MAGNT, was a view expressed in various terms. In short, for a museum/gallery of its size, it was doing well, although there were areas perceived as being under-represented (eg. Northern Territory history, Australian art). The MAGNT was regarded as a unique resource to the Northern Territory. The lack of any similar attractions or facilities was seen to distinguish the MAGNT from its sister agencies in other parts of Australia, especially in the eastern States where there are multiple large and medium sized museums and galleries in the larger cities and towns. Most external and all internal respondents expressed concerns at what they perceived as a lacking, and reduction, in resources, that was impacting on the MAGNTs program delivery. This view of achieving a lot for a little was held by staff and those stakeholders with knowledge of the agencys budget and internal operations. The achievement of a quality visitor experience was a paramount concern for staff and overall the feeling