Alison Frappell

Education & Interpretation Officer, The Big Dig

Alison has a long-held fascination with archaeology, sparked by time in the UK in her childhood when she explored a Roman road in Beckley whilst reading The Eagle of the Ninth, and became a regular visitor to the Ashmolean Museum. A circuitous career path, from back-stage work in the theatre to London’s Blue Plaques scheme, interspersed with postgraduate studies in children’s literature and archaeology in museums, led to her current role at The Big Dig archaeological site as Education & Interpretation Officer for Sydney Harbour YHA.

Since it opened in 2010, over 70,000 Australian school students have explored The Big Dig site and learned about the history of The Rocks and Sydney through the remnants and artefacts left behind by the people who lived there. The archaeology of the site has an almost magical capacity to make Australian history feel ‘real’ and relevant in a very personal and hands-on way. 

Alison is a Committee Member for the Australian Society of Historical Archaeology.

Head and shoulders portrait of woman in outdoor setting.

Alison Frappell. Photo courtesy Alison Frappell