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Museum Highlights

Some highlights at the National Museum in 2002-2003

Photo: George Serras
  • The Museum achieved an operating surplus of $3.9 million (excluding Capital Use Charge funding) compared to last year's operating deficit of $3.7 million.

  • More than 825,000 people visited the Museum between July 2002 and June 2003, including 193,000 visitors who attended the Museum's travelling exhibitions. This was a 130 per cent increase over visitors to the Museum's travelling exhibitions in 2001-2002.

  • One million visitors were reached through the Museum's online and broadcasting programs.

  • More than 81,700 students and 1734 schools visited the Museum on booked school tours.

  • More than 1000 teachers attended professional development workshops at the Museum.

  • There was a 55 per cent increase in visits to the Museum's website,

  • 95 per cent of visitors surveyed recorded a satisfied or very satisfied visit; a five per cent increase from last year.

  • Evaluation demonstrated that over 95 per cent of schools visiting the Museum were satisfied that it met their core curriculum requirements.

  • 93 per cent of media coverage of the Museum was judged by an external consultant as favourable. The level of unfavourable coverage dropped from eight per cent to two per cent.

  • A new Collections Development Policy and Framework were approved by Council to guide future acquisitions, exhibitions, research and programs.

  • 32 new acquisitions were approved by Council.

  • There was a large scale rationalisation of collection and non- collection storage, and a 50 per cent increase in public visits to collections in storage.

  • A conservation staff member was appointed to the Australian Government's Cultural Heritage Reference Group for Iraq.

  • The Museum was invited to advise the National Museum of World Cultures in Sweden on the development of its information and communication technologies.

  • The remains of 405 individuals were returned to their Aboriginal communities.

  • Major changeovers of objects took place in the Museum's permanent galleries.

  • The Anzac pilgrims appeal was launched.

  • The Museum's first international travelling exhibition, Stories from Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, opened in China.

  • Four travelling exhibitions opened across Australia.

  • 113 public lectures, forums, seminars, conferences and workshops were presented at the Museum.

  • 60 youth groups from remote and outback communities across Australia participated in online sessions.

  • Nine Talkback Classroom forums involving more than 1000 students and nine public figures took place.

  • The teaching resource, Our Voices, won a national educational award.

  • The largest conference on desert archaeology ever held in Australia was attended by 90 delegates from 16 countries.

  • The Museum was contracted by the Learning Federation to develop content for interactive online curriculum materials for primary schools.

  • Significant energy reduction and environmental measures were taken to reduce impact of the organisation on the environment.

  • There was a 242 per cent increase in both cash and in-kind sponsorship and donations over the previous year.

  • A new sponsorship was launched with APN News and Media Ltd.

  • The Museum's retail operations experienced a substantial increase in net return in contrast to the previous year's loss.

  • 96.6 per cent of the eligible staff who voted were in favour of the Museum's new certified agreement.


Photo: George Serras
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