Things to do in St. John’s: The Rooms

Come and ask your indexing questions at the ISC/SCI Annual Conference 2023 … and check out The Rooms.

Photo credit: The Rooms

The Rooms is Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space—full of history, heritage, and art.

As their website explains:

“The Rooms’ unique design mirrors the fishing rooms where families came together to process their catch.”

What is a fishing room? “[It’s] a reference to the simple gable-roofed sheds (called ‘fishing rooms’) that were once so common at the waterline in Newfoundland fishing villages.”

And that’s why they named the building the ‘The Rooms”!

“This building, like the collections and exhibitions it houses, represents a tribute to our people and a place in which to preserve our history and culture for generations to come.”

Getting to The Rooms is a 15-minute walk (200 feet or 62 meters uphill) from our conference venue, the Murray Premises Hotel.

The conference takes place in St. John’s, Newfoundland June 9–10. Learn more about the conference at conference.indexers.ca. #IndexCanCon2023

Conference 2023: The Venue

ISC/SCI is pleased to announce that Conference 2023 will be held at the Murray Premises Hotel in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Murray Premises Hotel, St. John's NL

The hotel is located in the Murray Premises National Historic Site on the St. John’s waterfront. The site, which comprises three buildings, is typical of the type of commercial buildings that used to line the waterfront in the seafaring and fishery days. These buildings were constructed in 1846 to accommodate offices and warehouses.

The hotel has rooms radiating character through exposed 19th century wooden beams, contemporary furnishings and luxurious touches. Atmosphere is paired with a prime location: minutes’ walk from restaurants, quaint shops, Mile One Centre and St. John’s Convention Centre.

Special rates are available to conference attendees 5 days before and 5 days after the conference event. Visit the conference page for details.

Read more about the historic features of the Murray Premises and other nearby historic sites.

Things to do in St. John’s: Signal Hill

Are you coming to St. John’s, Newfoundland for the ISC/SCI conference in June? Make sure you allow extra time on the “rock” to visit the sights.

Cabot Tower on Signal Hill by Shhewitt
Licensed under Creative Commons

Beyond the visitor’s centre, there are trails ranging from easy to strenuous where you can enjoy the views of the harbour and rugged coastal landscape.

And if you book ahead, you can purchase the opportunity to fire the noon day gun!

Signal Hill is 3.1 km from our conference venue at Murray Premises Hotel. For more information and directions to the visitor’s centre, visit the Signal Hill home page.

The conference in St. John’s takes place June 9 and 10, 2023. Visit the conference website.

#IndexCanCon2023

Conference Scholarship

ISC/SCI is offering scholarships to three ISC/SCI members to help them attend the conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in June 2023. The scholarship will pay the two-day early-bird conference fee. You are eligible to apply if you meet both of these conditions:

  • You live at least 1000 km from St. John’s.
  • You will contribute to the conference by performing just one of these tasks (you choose the task):
    • Write an article about the conference.
    • Generate a list of five questions that can be asked of the general audience at the conference.
    • Help at the registration desk.

Preference will be given to new indexers, then those who have never attended a conference, then everyone else. See the Conference Scholarship page for more information and the submission form. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2023.

ISC/SCI Conference 2023. See also Newfoundland

Save the Date!

June 9–10, 2023

Get your calendar out and mark the dates June 9 and 10, 2023, for the ISC/SCI’s annual conference (some pre- and post-conference events are also in the works, so you’ll want to consider saving some extra days too). The program team is pulling together great speakers and invaluable content—you’ll be hearing more on that. But you’ll want to be sure to register for Conference 2023. Because we’re going to Newfoundland!

Picture this: St. John’s, the capital city of Canada’s easternmost province, with its storied history and steep streets lined with rows of art-inspiring brightly coloured maritime houses. There’s more: a historic harbour, a world-class university, and incredible things to do and see. You can take a wine tour, see Signal Hill, visit Quidi Vidi Village, or go whale watching. And these are just a few of the activities available. Farther afield there’s a fabled bird sanctuary and opportunities for hiking along the ocean coast.

For our venue we’ve booked the Murray Premises Hotel, situated in a National Historic Site on the St. John’s harbourfront. Featuring nineteenth-century exposed masonry walls and wood beams, this charming hotel will be our conference host and your centre of activities in the city and beyond.

This is going to be an unforgettable opportunity, and we want as many of you to come as possible. So mark your calendar—June 9 and 10, 2023. And start dreaming.