Applications are now open for Terms 1 and 2, 2017.
Please note: Unlocking Heritage will conclude end of Term 2, 2017.
Adults will be accommodated with the students in the Hammock Room and will be responsible for overnight supervision of the students from 9.30pm to 6am.
Tuesdays or Wednesdays during school terms.
Muster your convicts for the Convict Sleepover at the Hyde Park Barracks where they will be lodged, for one unforgettable night, in the convict dormitories where tens of thousands of convicts slept between 1819 and 1848. This is as close as you’ll get to experiencing the life of a convict.
They’ll be lined up for inspection and issued with a convict shirt before being assigned to a work gang. Convict overseers will lead them through the barracks by lamplight, show them their lodgings and share some of the dark stories of convict life.
‘You don’t starve but you’re always hungry’. See how they fare on the regulation rations.
Hard-working convicts will be rewarded with stories about thieves and tricksters and are shown how to play some convict games. Let the convict overseers show you the rules, but don’t let them cheat!
All rise at dawn and dress for the morning muster before tucking into a typical convict breakfast.
Convicts are advised that obedience, cleanliness and order are expected at all times. Behave well and they’ll receive a ticket of leave.
6pm – Under lock & key
Convicts are mustered, issued with a convict shirt and given an identity.
6.30pm–7.15pm – Regulation rations
Convicts sit down for supper, the menu inspired by typical convict fare.
7.15pm–8pm – Dark deeds & misdemeanours
Experience a lantern-lit tour of the barracks.
8pm–9pm – Pastimes
Play knuckles, ‘chuck-penny’, dominoes or marbles, or create a keepsake.
8.30pm–9pm – Cleanliness & order
Prepare for bed.
9pm–9.30pm – Thieves, tricksters & swindlers
Hear stories about past convict characters.
9.30pm – Sleep, and dream of a new life
Climb into hammocks in the dormitory and then it’s ‘lights out’.
6am – Rise at dawn
Be woken by the sound of the morning bell.
6.30am – All in line
Dress and get ready for the morning muster.
7am – ‘You don’t starve but you’re always hungry’
Convicts have a typical breakfast.
7.30pm – Freedom at last!
Receive a ‘Ticket of Leave' to be released from Hyde Park Barracks.
Schools in regional and rural NSW are eligible to apply.*
The program is suitable for students in Stages 2 and 3.
Priority will be given to schools that have not previously experienced a Sydney Living Museums education program.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 14 working days. Funding will be offered in two rounds per annum, each round covering visits over a period of two terms. Schools that are unsuccessful may reapply in a subsequent round.
Please note: The subsidy towards travel is capped at $20 per student, so schools may be required to make additional payments towards the full cost of travel.
- Schools that meet the eligibility requirements must complete and submit an application form for the subsidy program.
- The program capacity is strictly 50 people: ratio 40 students to 10 adults.
- Adults will be accommodated with the students in the Hammock Room and will be responsible for overnight supervision of the students from 9.30pm to 6am. Adults will be sleeping in hammocks or bedrolls can be supplied upon request. All participants will need to bring their own sleeping bags and pillows. NB No showering facilities available.
- Hyde Park Barracks Museum staff will contact you a week before the event to confirm final numbers and requirements.
- Schools attending the program agree to take part in an evaluation and complete an evaluation form following the program.
- Schools are required to book and pay the full cost of travel to attend the program. They will receive the travel subsidy only after they have attended.
- To receive the travel subsidy, schools are required to submit evidence from a travel company of full payment, along with an invoice calculated at $20 x number of students who attended the program. This invoice should be made out to Sydney Living Museums (SLM) and must be received within two weeks of the school’s visit. The project manager will contact the school administration staff to facilitate the process.
- Schools that cancel their booking are not eligible for the subsidy. Cancellations must be made in writing, two weeks prior to the booked date.
- Schools receiving the subsidy are subject to the general terms and conditions outlined in the Unlocking Heritage Convict Sleepover booking confirmation letter.
- The travel subsidy is offered subject to the availability of funding and program availability.