The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre

The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre is part of Sydney Harbour YHA. YHA Australia, part of the worldwide Hostelling International organisation, has a proven commitment to public education and without their support this event would not have been possible. We would especially like to thank Ross Lardner and Alison Frappell who assisted with accommodation, the venue and administrative support.

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Ross Lardner
Ross is Manager of Sydney Harbour YHA and The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre. He oversaw the development of this award-winning YHA development, working closely with the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, architects, and the heritage, conservation and education consultants to develop interpretation and education programs for the site. Ross has a Bachelor of Science (Hons I) from Macquarie University and a PhD in Ecology from The University of Adelaide. After doing post-doctoral work in Canada he made the switch to hospitality. Following a prolonged stint backpacking around North and South America, Australia, Europe and the Middle East, he found himself working for YHA in the Blue Mountains for six years before moving to Sydney to work on the exciting Big Dig project.


Picture of Alison FrappellAlison Frappell
Alison has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sydney University in English, History, Fine Arts and Archaeology and has a background in heritage, museums, theatre and project management. For five years she worked in the United Kingdom for English Heritage co-ordinating the Blue Plaques scheme. Alison now works for Sydney Harbour YHA as Education and Interpretation Officer for the Big Dig. She is responsible for developing YHA’s educational presence in Sydney, particularly in the promotion of archaeology and history education for the public. Some of Alison’s responsibilities are to manage The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre, coordinate the ongoing conservation and interpretation of The Big Dig site in collaboration with Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, organise the Big Dig Archaeology Weekend each year during National Archaeology Week, liaise with key stakeholders, the media and others interested in the archaeology and history of the site, assist Sydney Learning Adventures with The Big Dig archaeology education programs and, most importantly, help Louise Zarmati organise this symposium.