Sponsor a Sleepover

An opportunity to provide a unique educational and social experience for disadvantaged primary school children from rural and regional NSW.

Help us bring 500 students and their teachers from 10 disadvantaged remote schools to Sydney in 2018 for a Convict Sleepover – an overnight experience at the UNESCO World Heritage – listed Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

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 people. In this program students explore the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney with Aboriginal Education Officers providing a personal perspective of how indigenous people of the Sydney area used plants for food, medicine, tools and weapons, learn about the convicts that came through the Barracks, eat convict fare, participate in convict games and then sleep in the hammocks where convicts slept.

For many of these children it will be their first opportunity to visit Sydney, allowing them to broaden their horizons and create new aspirations that will shape their future.

If your organisation has a Matched Giving Program, you can support us through Good2Give using the keyword 'convict'.

A gift of $5,000 will give a group of 50 primary school children and their teachers the opportunity to participate in this unforgettable, life changing experience.


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Thank you Broadcast Australia for supporting our Sponsor a Sleepover campaign with a generous donation of $5,000. This will bring our first group of 50 students from a disadvantaged primary school in regional NSW to Sydney for a convict sleepover in 2018.


Quick facts about the Convict Sleepover

This program was originally part of the Unlocking Heritage two year pilot project launched in 2015. In that time:

  • $300,000 was provided by the Unlocking Heritage Convict Sleepover Project between 2015 and 2017
  • 100 eligible NSW rural schools made use of the funding
  • 3,000 children & their teachers slept in the convict hammocks
  • 6,000 sausages were served for dinner
  • 500 children didn’t want to eat their peas
  • 2,000 children saw the Harbour Bridge for the first time

It was a wonderful opportunity and experience for children from regional and rural areas to experience a high quality program. These students often miss out due to the expense of visiting the city and all it has to offer educationally and culturally.


What did the children think about their Convict Sleepover experience?

It felt awesome to be sleeping in the same spot where convicts were sleeping hundreds of years ago!

Year 5 student, Mittagong PS

We got a really good dinner and breakfast.

Year 2 student, Dungog PS

It was great. I can now imagine what life was like for a convict.

Year 5 student, E.A.Southee PS.

I really enjoyed the museum I was excited to go in there it was my first time. Thank you.

Year 3 student, Nowra East Public School

You can make a gift using the donation form below or transfer your gift via EFT direct deposit:

Direct Deposit to Sydney Living Museum Foundation:

Account: 170817
BSB: 032001
Please email your details to foundation@slm.com.au to notify the Foundation and ensure you receive a tax deduction receipt.

Thank you for your gift.

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Corporate sponsors are invited to participate in this unique program. A $5000 sponsorship will provide the following benefits:
  • Giving these children their first and possibly only chance to visit Sydney and take part in a ‘once in a lifetime’ educational and social experience.
  • Logo and acknowledgement on the Convict Sleepover Corporate Sponsors and Schools web pages.
  • Acknowledgement of your support to the participating school, and the opportunity to meet the students and teachers while they are on their convict sleepover.
  • Feedback from the school about their convict sleepover experience.
  • Opportunity to develop a long term partnership with Sydney Living Museums and its programs.

We will also work with you to find the right school to benefit from your generous support.

My favourite part was learning about convicts and how their life was like. PS I will never forget it.


You can donate by completing this form, calling 02 8239 2433 or emailing foundation@sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

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