The film has connected the experience of viewing the site with a better understanding and appreciation of its significance, a rare opportunity to uncover the lives of a sample set of people who lived in Sydney from the early Colony through to Federation. Additional interest in the extensive measures taken to conserve the site, and in the site’s ongoing educational role in teaching students the methodology of archaeology whilst exploring the history of Sydney, has been notable.
Alison Frappell
Education & Interpretation Officer | Sydney Harbour YHA & The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre
The Big Dig

Sydney Harbour YHA and The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre are both celebrating their 10th Anniversary of hosting visitors and running education programs at The Big Dig.

The Big Dig Archaeological site below the hostel is even older, as it is celebrating the 25th Anniversary since the 1994 excavations. SHYHA commissioned a 32-minute documentary to interpret the history of the above organisations and events, as part of The Rocks precinct of Sydney. The documentary will premiere at the Anniversary event in December 2019.

SHYHA also needed a shorter program to succinctly convey to its guests and visitors, the unique nature of this YHA, where the hostel and education centre are purpose-built above a significant archaeological site.

Art of Multimedia was delighted to collaborate with the dedicated and knowledgeable team at SHYHA, The Big Dig and The Rocks Discovery Museum to produce these programs, bringing together deep insights from eminent Australian historical experts and YHA CEO Julian Ledger.

AOM produced the 6-minute film 'Digging into The Rocks' by applying our cinematic, motion graphic, creative storytelling skills to the newly filmed footage, archival images, video and animations. Thus we weaved together a story that helps visitors and locals alike, appreciate this YHA and The Big Dig site for the multilayered value it brings to our community now and into the future.