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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 xiv visitation by local residents and tourists will appreciate the improvements in long term displays. The acquisition budget would still be modest but would allow some strategic development of the collection, notably in art and social history. Some allocation to facilities maintenance, collection care and research would be possible. A number of the operational elements have capital costs associated with them (approximately $10.9 million in associated capital costs especially for staff accommodation and collection storage). A suggested allocation is tabled below. Expenditure Parameters addressed Operational costs pa Associated capital costs Staff (9 new FTEs) 1-6 $0.52 million Accommodation (c.$3.6 million) Website development 5 c. $0.01 million (operations) (Staffing in staff above) Website setup (c.$0.25 million) Temporary exhibition program 4,5 $0.30 million Programmed upgrades of long term galleries 5 $0.25 million Collection acquisitions 5 $0.25 million Expanded and improved collection storage will be required (c.$7.0 million) Miscellaneous operations 1-6 $0.17 million Total $1.50 million c. $10.85 million Scenario 3: 2003/04 funding plus $5.5 million recurrent over 3-5 years and then an amount to be determined per year recurrent 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.