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Review of the Museum and Art Gallery services : a report to the Department of Community Development, Sport & Cultural Affairs

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Title

Review of the Museum and Art Gallery services : a report to the Department of Community Development, Sport & Cultural Affairs

Other title

MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan; Internal review of MAGNT. Final report March 2004

Creator

Morgan, Gary

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT

Date

2004-12

Description

"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

Notes

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).

Table of contents

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

Language

English

Subject

Museums -- Northern Territory -- Public opinion; Museums -- Evaluation; Public relations -- Museums -- Northern Territory

Publisher name

Northern Territory Government

Place of publication

Darwin

Format

xviii, 124 pages ; 30 cm.

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/265558

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/457997

Related items

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/458000; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/457995

Page content

MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan iii Review of the Museum and Art Gallery (of the Northern Territory) Services Executive Summary Background Earlier reports have indicated that the current budget allocation for MAGNT is inadequate for what the organisation is endeavouring to achieve. This Review has looked at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territorys 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. The background includes a brief summary of the MAGNTs history and current operations. MAGNT outputs relative to those of other state museums and galleries The MAGNT is one of the smallest of Australias museums and galleries in terms of staff numbers and operating budget. However, it is one of Australias most intrinsically diverse cultural agencies. It acts as the equivalent to the state museum and state art gallery, one of only two institutions in Australia to do so. Its range of collection and curatorial disciplines, and the related public programs, are commensurately diverse. Given the MAGNT also operates several public sites, it might be said that the MAGNT is Australias most diverse museum. In other states the role of the MAGNT would be delivered by several museums and galleries. In the main, each of these is in turn larger and better resourced than the MAGNT. The core functions of the MAGNT are well aligned with those of other institutions. Collections The MAGNT collection is large at over 1 million items, reflecting the natural science dimension to the organisation. Unlike most of Australias museums and galleries, the MAGNT collections have not yet been valued, but it can be expected that the monetary value will be at least several tens of millions of dollars. The MAGNT has well documented policies and procedures for collection development and care, in keeping with best museum practice. Several areas have been identified by the MAGNT for focus in their collections, a sensible strategy for legislative reasons (to meet the requirements of the Museums and Art Galleries Act), logistical reasons (you cant collect everything) and strategic reasons (to give the MAGNT a degree of niche positioning amongst Australian cultural agencies). The