The Convict Sleepover is an immersive experience where children can live the life of a convict exactly where they were 200 years ago as well as discover the culture of the local Cadigal, helping them develop their skills of empathetic understanding from a number of perspectives.
Students will begin their excursion at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to take part in a special program, Connecting with Cadigal & Convict Life, led by Aboriginal Education Officers. This program provides a personal perspective of how indigenous people of the Sydney area used plants for food, medicine, tools and weapons, and connects this with the convict experience at the site of the colony’s first farm.
The students then walk up to the UNESCO World-Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks Museum for an exclusive ‘after hours’ experience where they will learn about the convicts that came through the Barracks, eat convict fare, participate in convict activities and spend the night in hammocks where convicts slept. Please note that this program is only offered in Term 4 2018.
Bookings for this program are made with Sydney Living Museums online
or via phone 02 8239 2211. For the detailed schedule and teacher resources please click here.