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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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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 8 museum and gallery. By way of small example, on its website the Art Gallery of New South Wales refers to itself as the leading museum of art in NSW. Box 1. Range of disciplines and number of public sites of major State and Commonwealth museums and art galleries of Australia (plus Te Papa Museum of New Zealand) Natural sciences & anthropology History/ social history History, anthropology, natural sciences Arts & sciences Art gallery/ museum combination Art gallery Australian Museum, Sydney (1) South Australian Museum (2) National Museum of Australia (1) Australian War Memorial (1) Historic Houses Trust of NSW incl Museum of Sydney (13) History Trust of South Australia (3) Australian National Maritime Museum (2, adjacent sites) Western Australian Museum (8) Museum of Victoria (3 in Melbourne) Queensland Museum (7) Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse, Sydney) (2 in Sydney) Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (5) Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (3) Te Papa Museum of New Zealand (2 in Wellington) National Gallery of Australia (1) Art Gallery of New South Wales (2 in Sydney) National Gallery Victoria (2 - in Melbourne) Queensland Art Gallery (1) Art Gallery of South Australia (1) Art Gallery of Western Australia (1) National institutions State institutions (Number of public sites) Box 1 gives a comparison of the disciplinary range of the 19 major state and national museums and art galleries of Australia and Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Dedicated science centres (eg Questacon, Scitech) are not included here as they are not holders of collections nor do they undertake primary research. Several points are worth noting, even at this very broad level of detail. Firstly, there is a considerable range in the diversity of disciplines of state and national museums. Overall however, all the major museums of Australia have diverse collections, reflecting a brief to hold a cross-section of the material heritage of their constituency, however that is defined. Secondly, most of the agencies do not function or co-brand as both art gallery and museum, although all of the museums hold numerous objects of art in their collections