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

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MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan 11 In short, museums and galleries are conjoined by the core functions that define a modern museum, and also by the commonality of being unable to deliver on the range of programs that they would wish to achieve (and which are expected of them). The observation in the Projects RFT, 3.2, Background, that the current budget for the MAGNT is inadequate for what the organisation is endeavouring to achieve is arguably the single most challenging issue facing museums in this country today. Box 3 compares the major museums and galleries of Australia on the basis of their operating incomes and number of staff. These can be seen as fair indicators of the size of the agencies. (The comparison of budgets is less straightforward than might be expected. A number of museums are supplied with centralised corporate services from their departments, which is costed differently from those institutions where the corporate services are internally provided and costed.). Allowing for some variation, the relativities are still sound. Box 3. Relative sizes of a range of the state and national museums of Australia based on total operating incomes ($ millions) and staff numbers (2002/03) TMAG MAGNT SAM AGSA AGWA WAM QM Incomes1 $5.0 m $7.1 m3 $11.3 m $14.4 m $18.6 m $21.5 m $23.5 m Staff2 67 93 90 47 75 257 308 AM Te Papa MAAS AGNSW MV NMA Incomes1 $30.4 m $NZ 37.9m $39.2 m $42.8 m $51.0 m $72.1 m4 Staff2 311 578 448 200 536 242 Note: These are input measures rather than outputs but give a framework for comparison of relative size. Figures may vary somewhat according to reporting of status of staff but the relativities will be valid. TMAG: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery AM: Australian Museum SAM: South Australian Museum Te Papa: Te Papa Museum of New Zealand AGSA: Art Gallery of South Australia MAAS: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences AGWA: Art Gallery of Western Australia AGNSW: Art Gallery of New South Wales WAM: Western Australian Museum MV: Museum Victoria QM: Queensland Museum NMA: National Museum of Australia 1. Government and non-government sources. 2. Full time, p/t and casual staff. 3. The MAGNT is citing only its direct appropriation from Government for staff and operations. There are other services the MAGNT receives on a Departmental basis that are costed in its total Budget. 4. 2002/03 had a high Government appropriation to the NMA. The total income for the NMA in 2003/04 was $45.8 million. Sources: CAMD report (2002/03); annual reports for art galleries As a broad but fair observation, the national museums tend to be better resourced than most of the state agencies although it can also be argued that the public and political expectations placed on the national bodies are commensurately higher*.