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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 26 Chart format, copy provided by MAGNT.) The emphasis in the schedule is on special and touring exhibitions, both to and from the MAGNT (see below). While the Consultant has not attempted a detailed review of the planned exhibition schedule, nor sat in on meetings of the Committee, the impression given from the process, the schedule and the discussions with staff is that the MAGNT has appropriate exhibitions planning in line with professional practice in the museum sector. MAGNT stages a changing program of short term exhibitions, some developed internally and some toured from elsewhere. From 2001/02 to 2003/04, the MAGNT staged two to three touring exhibitions and four to five inhouse developed exhibitions each year (seven to nine temporary exhibitions per year). As was noted in the Internal Review March 2004, there are museums and galleries that provide a greater number of exhibitions (long term and temporary) than does the MAGNT (c. 16 per year). Examples given in that report include the Art Gallery of Western Australia (23) and the Western Australian Museum (98, for all of its sites). As was noted earlier, the MAGNT is something of an equivalent for those two agencies and hence one might suggest that the exhibitions supported by the AGWA and WAM might be totalled to compare with the MAGNT. On that basis of absolute figures, it could be concluded (as the Internal Review does) that relative to its equivalents in Western Australia, exhibition program provision by the MAGNT is low. However, if the size of the population of the respective state/territory is considered (Western Australia has nearly 2 million people, the Northern Territory about 200,000) as a relative measure, than the numbers of exhibitions supported per head of resident population are 30% higher for the MAGNT than for the WAM and AGWA combined. Focusing on the changing nature of the exhibition program (as a key attractor for repeat visitors), the number of new in-house and exhibitions on loan for 2002/03 is compared to the range and average for CAMD museums in Box 13. Box 13. New in-house exhibitions and exhibitions on loan staged by the MAGNT relative to other museums in Australia (2002/03) MAGNT Museum ranges (and average) New in-house exhibitions 6 4-32 (10.6) Exhibitions received on loan 5 0-19 (5.9) Source: CAMD Survey 2002/03. In terms of overall exhibition activity in that year, the MAGNT is at the lower end of the range and well under the average for exhibitions developed in-house, and somewhat under the average for exhibitions taken on loan. Note: the comments regarding exhibition activity relative to resident population would be relevant here as well. The exhibition themes noted above reflect the strategic intent of the MAGNT to focus on the Northern Territory and its region. They reflect too some key strengths of the collections such as Aboriginal art. There is a considerable challenge in presenting a range of displays that address the dual role of museum (history, natural science) and