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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 ix allowing the world to visit them, with increased resourcing of this technology seeing massive increases in user sessions. The MAGNT is not participating in this dimension of museum service delivery. With additional resourcing, there is a great deal that the MAGNT could do to expand the range of learning experiences available to its visitors. Recommendations: o If additional resources can be secured, there should be a program of exhibition enhancements that incorporate a range of methods and technologies to enhance learning. This should apply to the main galleries and the Discovery Centre. o A rich and engaging website which provides a range of services and information should be developed as a priority. Acting as forum points for debate and discussion The MAGNTs theatrette is used for regular film events and at times for public talks. There are also occasional floor and teacher talks. There is potential for the MAGNT to host a more active calendar of talks by visiting scholars and academics, but the theatre does nee investment to make it a contemporary seminar space. The MAGNT does not much embrace the notion of forum within its exhibitions. This is more an opportunity for any future development of the history of the Northern Territory which should be a platform for engaging with contemporary issues as well as historic facts. Recommendation: o The MAGNT should explore more actively its role as a forum for public debate and this principle should be incorporated into future delivery of an expanded history exhibition and program (resources permitting). Presenting a plurality of views and perspectives As with the above trend, the MAGNT has the opportunity to demonstrate a plurality of perspectives in any future development of the stories of the Territorys history. This will require a commitment of the museum to seek out the recollections of history as well as the documented chronicle of events. The MAGNT will have to arrive at its view about oral histories and the place of, for example, Aboriginal histories within the mosaic of the Northern Territorys past. Recommendation: o The MAGNT should be exploring a plurality of perspectives whenever possible in its programs, and in particular, in planning for any future expanded program on the history of the Northern Territory.