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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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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 111 New and expanded public programs The lacking in gallery space was an issue raised by several persons interviewed. It was felt this constrained the MAGNT in its dual role of state art gallery and state museum. Notably, long term galleries for Australian/Northern Territory art and social history were identified as areas requiring expansion. Some respondents noted that it was harder now for the MAGNT to mount large scale touring exhibitions as it had in the past, Life and Death under the Pharaohs being mentioned as an example. The reduction in resources was identified as the underlying cause of this diminution. A number of specific options were raised as deserved of more focus. Open days and public talks/seminars were flagged as successful ways to link with the public, but irregularly held in recent years. Guided tours were suggested as a desirable adjunct to the visitor experience. These ancillary packages should be well advertised in advance. Expanding the static museum and gallery experience with living culture was raised, which might see performances of Indigenous dance and craft as part of the MAGNT package. Partnerships with other agencies were suggested as assisting this enhancement. An artist in residence program was also suggested. Market research was noted by more than one person as needing expansion, and this in part was noted as a resourcing issue both in dollars and staff. It was suggested that opportunities for community-partnered programs could be explored further, with the advantage of building links with community groups as well diversifying the public program. Indigenous visitors There is a lack of data on the number of Indigenous visitors but it was observed that the numbers in galleries was typically low and that more consideration might be directed to how the Indigenous visitation might be increased. The option of designated areas for Indigenous visitors was raised. This issue links with the matter of Aboriginal staffing noted below. Site As is noted above, the site is seen as a strength to the museum (refer the Consultants discussion if site/location in the body of the Report as the site has its weaknesses as well) but was not adequately part of the MAGNT experience. Suggestions included having more interpretive materials, open air sculptures and an Indigenous garden. While not the subject of this review, the challenge of operating other sites as well as the Bullocky Point main facility was noted by several staff members. Some of those sites were seen as having greater potential than was currently being exploited but the lack of time and resources to address them restricted advancement.