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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 viii Recommendations: o The MAGNT should build on its already strong reputation in Indigenous arts to establish new products for and about Indigenous people and their culture. There is the opportunity to be a national leader in this regard. o A Community Access Program could be established with relatively small additional resources. Developing products for special interest and under-service groups With some few exceptions, museums are not well patronised by Indigenous people anywhere in the world. Working with Indigenous people to make the museum a welcoming and relevant place will require real commitment from the MAGNT and Government. The Te Papa Museum of New Zealand model is one example of a museum that has established and maintained Indigenous linkages through dedicated products. Other special interest groups that museums elsewhere are targeting include the older visitor; youth at risk (in the Territory this will overlap with Indigenous youth); and demographics that appear to rarely visit museums, (for example, it has been suggested the residents of Palmerston are not well represented in visitors). Recommendations: o An improved and expanded Aboriginal cultural program is recommended above. o Consideration should be given to identifying a number of demographic groups (eg. young children, older people) and a program developed to provided focused products (this may require additional resources). Improving the learning experience by the use of a wide array of methodologies Museums are placing greater emphasis on effective learning and how this can be achieved. New methods can assist in this if well applied. The MAGNT is making an attempt to engage with innovative methods but is limited by space and resources. Its exhibitions do not utilise interactive approaches, be they via multimedia or physical devices. There is a dearth of drawer systems and similar devices that encourage the visitor to explore at their own pace. There are no audioguides. The Discovery Centre at the MAGNT is relatively small and very basically equipped. It does not have computers for visitors to search on topics related to the displays, nor systems that allow progressive display of objects that are not on display in the main galleries. Customer Service Officers at the MAGNT do provide a visitor interface for additional information on the exhibitions. At times, touch trolleys are supported by Education Volunteers. The MAGNT website is extremely basic and does not deliver an extension of the museum experience. Websites are taking museums and galleries to the world and