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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 xv Research and collection care functions would be improved, within the limitations of current facilities. Many of the operational elements have associated capital costs (approximately $12.2 million associated with the increased operational activity). A project-based approach to expenditure would allow advancement on some of the priority capital/one-off costs. A suggested allocation is tabled below. Expenditure Parameters addressed Operational costs pa Associated capital costs Staff (13 new FTEs) 1-6 $0.75 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 $0.50 million Programmed upgrades of long term galleries 5 $0.45 million Collection acquisitions 5 $0.50 million Expanded and improved collection storage will be required (c.$7.0 million) Collection care/ consumables 3,6 $0.10 million Research & travel (incl fieldwork) 6 $0.04 million Facilities maintenance 1,2,4,6 $0.15 million Masterplanning 1-6 $0.05 million Collection Information Management System 3,5,6 c.$1.40 million Set-up (c.$0.37 million) Indigenous Arts and Culture Unit 5 c.$1.23 million (includes staff) Accommodation (see above) New History of the Northern Territory Gallery 5 $0.02 million (maintenance) $0.90 million (development and installation) Allow an extra $0.10 million for high end experiences Outreach program 5,6 $0.30 million (staff included above) Accommodation (see above) Total $5.50 million c.$12.22 million