Exploring Sydney's history through the ABC's radio and television archives.
ABC Archives are a treasure trove of street level recordings about Sydney’s changing urban landscape through time. These recordings have been accessed through previous creative commissions and residencies.
Sydney Sidetracks. ABC Digital Innovation Pilot, and winner 2008 ABC Cross-Platform Content Award. Supported by ABC Innovation, ABC 702, National Film and Sound Archive, City of Sydney, Dictionary of Sydney and State Library of NSW.
Launched 2008, produced and conceived by Sarah Barns.
Please note the site (web and mobile) is no longer maintained by the ABC.
Articles and more
Discover ‘history where it happened’ with ABC Sydney Sidetracks (ABC 2008).
Sydney Sidetracks : listening in to ‘history where it happened’ using the ABC’s television and radio archives (research paper).
Sidetracks highlights (blog post, 2008). Not all links now active.
ABC Past Forward was a commissioned project through ABC Radio National and the now-defunct ABC Pool platform.
I negotiated a set of key television and sound recordings for release through Creative Commons licence, making these recordings available for anyone to use and remix (CC-BY-ND).
Explore the open access resources here.