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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).

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




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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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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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 32 international standard. A number of the state museums, especially the science museums, produce their own journal (eg. Records of the Australian Museum, Records of the WA Museum, Records of the SA Museum, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum; the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has recently re-established its own journal, Kaparunina). The Consultant cannot comment on the costs of producing The Beagle but if its continuity is to be reviewed at some stage, then consideration must be given to the value of the publication in terms of exchange to other libraries. With spiralling costs of professional publications, the cost of publishing a journal may be considerably offset against the cost avoided in journal purchase. The MAGNT has a Research and Consultancy Policy that informs the nature and approaches to research undertaken by staff. It is good practice to have such a policy. The Stanton Partners Report (January 2004) notes that there may be some concerns that the policy is not being adhered to but the Consultant received no comments to that effect for this Review. As a broad overview, the type of research activities and the type of research products of the MAGNT are in keeping with the research activities of other museums and galleries in Australia. Scientific research is considered further in Section 5. In that section, some comparison is attempted of MAGNT scientific output relative to other museums. 3.5 Facilities management Though not strictly scoped into this review, facilities management justifies a brief comment. There is a strong concern in the MAGNT that management of facilities is very much in a reactive, rather than proactive mode. Crisis management was an expression used by one staff member. There does not appear to be a confirmed Strategic Asset Management Plan in place for the MAGNT, and strategic maintenance of the facilities must take second place to emergency events. Without a SAM Plan in place, and resources to support its implementation, the aging facilities of the MAGNT will continue to decline and the number of emergency events will increase.