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Review of the Museum and Art Gallery services : a report to the Department of Community Development, Sport & Cultural Affairs

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Title

Review of the Museum and Art Gallery services : a report to the Department of Community Development, Sport & Cultural Affairs

Other title

MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan; Internal review of MAGNT. Final report March 2004

Creator

Morgan, Gary

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT

Date

2004-12

Description

"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

Notes

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

Language

English

Subject

Museums -- Northern Territory -- Public opinion; Museums -- Evaluation; Public relations -- Museums -- Northern Territory

Publisher name

Northern Territory Government

Place of publication

Darwin

Format

xviii, 124 pages ; 30 cm.

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/265558

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/457997

Related items

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

Page content

MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan 47 5 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 5.1 Introduction Before considering scientific management and outcomes, one must first define science. It is appropriate to define the scientific outputs of the MAGNT as those produced by the natural science division. However archaeology may also be regarded as a scientific discipline (many of its practitioners would regard it as so). As well, there are elements of scientific procedures in maritime archaeology. For this Review, the natural science outputs will be primarily considered but some comments will also be made about MAGNTs archaeological areas of endeavour. There are generic contributions that natural science museums and collections can make to society. Several papers dealing with both broad contributions and specific examples, as well as discussing the future for such museums, are Berry (1991), Griffin (1993) and collected works in Slzec (1999). 5.2 Management and outcomes of science relative to other museums Natural Science comprises a major section of the MAGNT (Appendix 6). Science is structured at other Australian museums in various ways. Perusal of the corporate structures of the large museums reveals no consistent pattern, other than a broadly hierarchical relationship of major operational units devolving from the CEO/Director/Executive Director, and from the CEO up to the Board of Governance and/or the Government. Science (by various titles) is commonly either a second or third tier structural unit. Given not insignificant variation exists, the Consultant sees little purpose in further detailed analysis of the structure of science management in Australian museums. Rather, the approach to managing, and the outputs of, that science will be considered. The MAGNT science section comprises an Assistant Director (now restructured as Assistant Director for Research and Collections) with seven curators/researchers in the disciplines of geology, palaeontology (fossils), coelenterates (jellyfish, corals etc) molluscs (snails, bivalves, squids etc) and echinoderms (sea stars, feather stars etc), annelids (worms), fishes and terrestrial vertebrates. In addition, there are a collections manager, five technical officers (one position vacant) and a preparator. The MAGNT Library with its two staff has been managed as part of the science section but serves the broader reference needs of the MAGNT. The generic outputs of science staff are collection-related activities (development and management), research for publication and content input to the public program in all of its forms. The latter can see the staff supporting exhibitions, responding to public enquiries, producing inhouse popular publications and giving talks to the public and schools.