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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




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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 79 objects as a result of budget scenario two, then pressure on storage will increase even further. The greatest pressure is on dry collections as the nearby wet (alcohol) store is projected to have capacity until 2016. The MAGNT Building Masterplan identifies an additional 1000 square metre collection storage within a new facility on site. If new storage is not onsite in purpose built facilities, an offsite (either built or modified) facility will be required (and possibly a combination of the two). At a notional all-up budget of $7,000 per square metre for construction and storage systems, this would translate to approximately $7.0 million in capital works. An allocation to increased operational costs (including power) associated with new collection storage would also be needed. Designing a complex website is a specialist task. This has not been costed in any MAGNT documents seen by the Consultant, but it is suggested here that a high quality platform and design could be achieved for $200,000-250,000 (this would be in line with the quality and complexity of the Western Australian website at www.museum.wa.gov.au). A web manager is costed into the priority staff positions. Certain areas of priority capital works and/or minor new works are not included in Box 23. These include the car park/precinct works and an allocation to improved existing collection storage to maximise effective use of current space. Car park and precinct works will address the parameter of visitor safety and are thus a high priority. Costings already done suggest a figure of $270,000 for precinct works. While it is not scoped into this study, the Consultant would observe that if additional funds were considered for allocation on a project basis, rather than a strictly operational basis, then some progress on key capital projects such as collection storage and new staff accommodation would be achievable, albeit it on an extended timeline. ______________________ Summary: Funding scenario two would address the shortfall in operational funding evident in the past two years and would allow some attendance to key priorities in programs and enhancing the core functions to the extent possible. Areas of critical staffing deficit could be addressed. The overall public program of the MAGNT would be enhanced with a more dynamic exhibition program and collection acquisition program. A number of the operational elements have capital costs associated with them (approximately $10.9 million in associated capital costs especially for staff accommodation and collection storage). http://www.museum.wa.gov.au/