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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 76 o Public Programs Officer (Education) (new FTE) o Executive Support Officer to Directorate (new FTE) o Building and Services Officer (new FTE) o Facilities Maintenance Officer (to be seconded within existing staff resources) o Education Volunteers Coordinator (be seconded within existing staff resources) Box 23. Suggested priorities for allocation of the $1.5 million recurrent of funding scenario 2 to operational activities with an indication of associated capital costs Expenditure Parameters addressed Operational costs pa Associated capital costs Staff (9 new FTEs1) 1-6 $0.52 million Accommodation (c.$3.6 million2) Website development 5 c. $0.01 million (operations) (Staffing in staff above) Website setup (c.$0.25 million) Temporary exhibition program 4,5 $0.30 million Programmed upgrades of long term galleries 5 $0.25 million Collection acquisitions 5 $0.25 million Expanded and improved collection storage will be required (c.$7.0 million3) Miscellaneous operations 1-6 $0.17 million Total $1.50 million c. $10.85 million 1. Full time equivalents. Based on positions identified as priorities in the MAGNT Business Development Plan, costed at NT Public Sector salary rates (levels from Internal Review March 2004) plus 20% on costs. 2. While this figure reflects some indication of projected costs from the MAGNT, the Consultant regards this figure as possibly generous. If laboratories/offices were costed at $10,000 per sq metre for construction and fitout, this would yield 360 sq metres of laboratories/offices. 3. An approximate costing for c. 1000 sq metres of storage (identified in MAGNT Masterplan), at a notional $7,000 per sq metre for construction and fitout. Sources: Internal budget papers of the MAGNT; Internal Review March 2004 In the Consultants view, particular priority might be given to a subset of the above positions, notably: o Assistant Director Research and Collections (the upper level restructuring is required to allow other positional placements such as the Manager of Business and Commercial; the Assistant Director Research and Collections is effectively in place now) o Manager of Business and Commercial Operations (to improve revenue from the shop and caf lease and to explore across-the-board revenue opportunities),