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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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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/458000; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/457995

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MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan 82 larger space would be desirable. This could be compensated for to some extent with some high end experiences that would lift the cost somewhat (see Box 24). If capital funding for the MAGNTs Building Masterplan can be sourced at some time in the future, then the new History of the Northern Territory Gallery could be delivered in more suitable space. Box 24. A suggested interactive module in the new history gallery Exhibition scenario: The Cyclone Tracy Experience You are walking through Territory Stories, the History of the Northern Territory Gallery. You have been through sections on Aboriginal history before white arrival, the early explorers and black-white contact, colonial expansion, land rights, new industries, World War II and so on. You find yourself now in Darwin on Christmas Eve 1974. Streetscapes are created with photomontages and some diorama effects. You are in a bustling community of 45,000 people. You enter a small house. Inside are various household effects of the day. On the wall, a clock shows the passing time (time is accelerated). There is a large picture window. You either stand or take a seat in one of the lounge chairs or the sofa facing the window. The room darkens. The picture window comes alive with scenes of the outside (film footage). A wind is building. Simultaneously, sound effects within the house create the effect of wind outside. The sound grows and the film footage shows the onset of the cyclone. The sound becomes a roaring cacophony of noise. And the house begins to shake and shudder with the force of the wind. You can see the houses outside unroofed and trees uprooted. A small window above you suddenly swings inward with the sound of breaking glass. Someone screams. Then the storm abates. The noise drops and the house stops shuddering. The window shows things outside have settled. You step out of the house through the other door into a gallery of desolation. Photos show the damage, dioramas show destruction, fallen trees, roofs, rubble etc. You have passed through the Cyclone and survived. ===================================== The Cyclone Tracy experience would be set within the gallery space. The experience builds on the engagement with audio, video, tactile stimulation (the shaking house) and possibly simple robotics (such as windows blowing open). The entire experience might last only 3-5 minutes. It would be a repeating process throughout the day. The house might accommodate (say) 20 people at a time (with half sitting). Parts of the old fitout from the current Cyclone Tracy Gallery might be reusable in the associated gallery. This type of high attractor could be a destination in itself. What residents of Darwin would not bring a visitor to experience it? Local children will love the 'sensaround' effect. Construction would be costly, and there would be maintenance in keeping it running, but it could be a component of the MAGNT experience no one will forget, and that people would come specifically to be part of.