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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 xvi Recommendation on funding scenarios: o In considering the three funding scenarios, it is the Consultants view that a funding increase somewhere between scenarios two and three would place the MAGNT soundly for delivering on its dual role of state museum and art gallery. Given the relative size of the Northern Territory, scenario three would be a generous allocation on a per capita basis, although the multiple roles of the MAGNT must be considered. Scenario three would certainly result in very significant improvements in public service delivery assuming associated capital costs could also be addressed. How big is a $30 million capital works program? Assuming the MAGNT Masterplan is an approximately $30 million project, this would place it on absolute terms as a medium sized museum project for Australia in recent years, similar in scale to the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle. Relative to the resident population of the Northern Territory, a $30 million project is a very large one, more expensive per resident than Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, one of the worlds largest museum projects. The final outcome would also see the MAGNT with one of the largest total gallery areas of any of Australias museums and galleries. This must be considered in light of the dual role of the MAGNT as state museum and state art gallery. In considering the absolute and relative dimensions of the project, one must recognise that there are unique aspects to the Northern Territory and the MAGNT. Elements of the development relate to the size and diversity of the MAGNT collection and to the dual roles of art gallery and museum. Delivery of a well planned project of this scale would see the residents of the Territory enjoying arts and museum products on par with the best of those available in the eastern capitals. It would also make the MAGNT an institution of national profile as a tourist attraction and could position the MAGNT as Australias premier public centre for Aboriginal arts and culture. The MAGNT of the future could be a statement of Northern Territory culture and identity. Recommendations: o The MAGNT Building Masterplan requires ongoing planning, refinement and costings which should be addressed as a priority. o In considering the quantum of the masterplan, the dual role of the MAGNT as state museum and art gallery must be considered as should opportunities to establish an iconic statement of Northern Territory identity.