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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 25 museums and galleries in their educational programs, but in the main are seen to be an important resource. 3.3.5 Galleries and exhibitions Public spaces at the Bullocky Point site total 5,700 square metres of which 4,910 square metres are gallery/display spaces. This area of display places the MAGNT as a moderately sized public facility relative to other state museums and galleries in Australia (refer Box 12). A qualifier is that 47% of the MAGNT gallery space is that of the Maritime Gallery, which as is noted below, is a sub-standard museum environment. Te Papa and the Australian War Memorial are amongst the largest museums in the southern hemisphere. The Western Australian Maritime Museum is a branch of the Western Australian Museum but is a recently opened (end 2002) museum of similar scale to the developments suggested in the MAGNT Building Masterplan. Box 12. Areas of exhibition galleries for a range of museums and art galleries of Australia MAGNT WAMM WAM* AM NMA NGA Te Papa AWM 4,900 m2 2,500m2 4,000m2 5,000m2 6,600m2 7,000m2 10,000m2 13,000m2 WAMM: Western Australian Maritime Museum NGA: National Gallery of Australia WAM: Western Australian Museum Te Papa: Te Papa Museum of New Zealand AM: Australian Museum AWM: Australian War Memorial NMA: National Museum of Australia *These are gallery areas for the main site of the WAM. Until this year, the gallery space was 1,500 m2 larger, but a major building has closed for safety reasons. Sources: Annual reports; internal MAGNT papers; personal communications The key themes of the MAGNT exhibitions at Bullocky Point, correlating closely with gallery allocations, are: o Aboriginal art o Other visual art o Cyclone Tracy o Maritime history (notably watercraft of Southeast Asia) o Southeast Asian art and culture o Natural history The environmental conditions within most galleries are to the Consultants understanding acceptable. The exception is the Maritime Gallery. This large (2,300 square metre) gallery is not airconditioned or humidity controlled which for wooden objects falls well short of industry best practice. As a result, 47% of the MAGNTs gallery space is not at museum standard. This should be a priority in future capital works planning. The MAGNT has an Exhibitions Committee comprising senior staff representatives and has developed a five year Exhibition Schedule (2004-2008), with a less detailed and more notional scheduling for out years to 2013. (This is represented in a Gantt