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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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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 x Greater awareness and canniness in commercial activities The MAGNT is clearly aware of the need to maximise revenue streams. There are areas where attention may yield greater income notably in the shop merchandise, the caf lease, and opportunities for increasing venue hire (including of the grounds). Recommendation: o The areas of commercial activity noted above should be subject to review, in tandem with securing senior commercial expertise. Closer partnerships with business The Telstra NATSA Award partnership is one of national significance. However, the MAGNT will always face significant challenges in securing major sponsorships, given the relatively small catchment of large companies and the low population base of the Northern Territory. Its placement within the Governmental departmental structure may exacerbate that challenge. Consideration of the scientific focus of the MAGNT Science management and outcomes relative to other museums Allowing for significant variation in science corporate structures in various museums, the organisation of science within the MAGNT is as valid as any other. With intended corporate restructuring, science will reside with history and culture under an Assistant Director of Research and Collections. The high level range of scientific disciplines at the MAGNT has much in common with that of other science museums. The disciplinary coverage at the MAGNT is if anything a little narrower than at most other state museums, reflecting the smaller number of scientific staff. Science has appropriate policy documentation including a Research and Consultancy Policy. The general outputs of scientific research at the MAGNT are also much as for other museums, channelling into publications (professional and popular), talks, public enquiries and various components of the public program, including exhibitions and education programs. In terms of publication output (on a per staff member basis), the MAGNT research staff perform at a level roughly comparable to or slightly lower than that of other major museums. A number of the MAGNT research associates publish regularly, reflecting a functional associate network. While MAGNT scientists produce popular articles there is not as organised a program of popular outputs as at some museums, notably in field guides. There may be opportunities for the MAGNT is this area of popularising science.