Future Museum : Future Museum
What we plan to do Future Museum identifies two driving purposes and five supporting strands of work that together will achieve the change that the plan describes. The two driving purposes are: To maximise access to and care of the museum’s collections and the knowledge associated with them which cover social history, natural science and include internationally important Māori and Pacific taonga, for example by: establishing an overarching structure for displaying and telling stories about collections ensuring collections grow in a sustainable way increasing the number of collections on display or digitally available upholding a quality curatorial approach encouraging information sharing around collections To serve the people that the collections are for, namely our current and future audiences, for example by: retaining existing audiences and attracting diverse new ones providing experiences and services that enrich the lives of our visitors and their communities adopting a planned approach to gallery and content renewal over time reinforcing the museum’s role as a place of learning and engagement increasing access to the museum and its collections using research and evaluation to underpin programmes and developments The five supporting strands are: Furthering the museum’s vision, and honouring its bicultural foundation and role as a war memorial museum for example by: embedding Te Kōrahi Māori; and upholding the significance of the war memorial, and the war galleries and collections Respecting the heritage museum building for example by: protecting the integrity of the building’s architecture; enhancing visitor comfort; installing core infrastructure improving work spaces; and developing shared aspirations for Auckland Domain Reaching beyond the museum’s walls for example by: providing quality offsite programmes; building reciprocal relationships that increase access to and knowledge about collections promoting contemporary artistic collaborations Creating a digital museum for example by: digital guardianship: ensuring we protect our digital information from future changes to technology sustainable delivery: reusing and sharing digital content for many different formats universal access: visitors will have a seamless digital experience before, during and after their visit to the museum Ensuring environmental sustainability for example by: reducing the museum’s environmental impact adopting green building innovations; and reducing operational costs These purposes and strands are multifaceted and interwoven. Future Museum describes the work that will happen in each area, including the key projects that we have planned, when they will happen and the approach we will adopt to implementation. 4 When the change will happen Future Museum encapsulates a phased process of change through a wide range of activities. In the first instance, we will develop detailed plans for the projects in years 1 to 5. This will include some bold moves and we will consult with visitors and stakeholders about them. Some improvements have been initiated already, specifically in the current revamp of the popular interactive gallery ‘Weird and Wonderful’ and the creation of a picnic space for groups and families. Years 5 to 10 are about consolidating the work begun in the early years. Changes in the plan’s last 10 years are at this stage largely aspirational, although we will start doing the groundwork for them now. We will monitor and report on Future Museum’s impact throughout the life of the plan and beyond. We will use both quantitative and qualitative performance measures that reflect the plan’s staged implementation. The museum will remain open throughout, and we will take steps to minimise the disruption to visitors and employees. How Future Museum is funded Future Museum involves a programme of capital expenditure, supported by proactive fundraising. We have developed a specific funding approach for Future Museum based on Auckland Museum’s existing asset replacement financial model, as set out in the Annual Plan. Finally, none of this would be possible without the museum’s people. Future Museum incorporates an ongoing programme of investment in employees and volunteers, ensuring that we develop a workforce that is truly fit for the future.