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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 113 An increase in staff across several areas of operations was identified as needed by several external and internal interviewees. (Positions referred to feature in the draft staffing plan for the MAGNT, refer Internal Review March 2004). Staff often feel under significant pressure to deliver without what they see as adequate staffing support. Several staff see themselves (justifiably it might be said) as doing multiple jobs. Reductions Many of those interviewed could not think of any current area of activity that the MAGNT should reduce, let alone cease. The question often elicited the reiteration that expansion of programs was what was needed, not reduction. In addition to the comments regarding progressive reduction in available resources for core programs, there were several references to the negative impacts of a number of deaccessions of collection objects due to the lack of funds to adequately maintain them. Some people suggested that the areas of MAGNTs research might be reviewed and confirmed, but did not make that comment with a strong suggestion that anything should be dropped. In a similar vein, there was a suggestion that the respective roles of the MAGNT, State Library and Archives in managing documentary heritage might justify some review, in order to achieve the most effective and efficient use of resources in this important area of heritage management. The management of several heritage and historic sites was noted as not being core museum business and that having to do so diverted resources and attention from the important roles of collection care and public education. The MAGNT acts as a granting body for the Regional Museums Grant Support Program. This was questioned as a MAGNT area of responsibility by more than one respondent, suggesting that another arm of the Department may be better able to serve this role. It would be an accurate summary to say that, apart from some specific issues noted above, no one interviewed suggested that any major areas of the MAGNTs activities should, or even could, be taken over by another agency in the Northern Territory. Perceived attitude of the public and Government to the MAGNT Public There was a consistent view among respondents that the MAGNT was well, or very highly, regarded by the public of the Northern Territory. A common observation was that the MAGNT was a place that locals would bring visitors, presumably reflecting g the public view that the facility was something to be proud of and of having visitor appeal. The relatively high visitation figures for the Bullocky Point site would support this view. Certain questions were raised. There was a view that while the community was positive towards the MAGNT, it probably does not rate so highly in peoples minds.