What is DEMHIST?
DEMHIST is an ICOM International Committee focusing upon the conservation and management of house museums. Its name is an abbreviation of the French term “demeures historiques”. House Museums, range from castle to cottages, from all periods. The interpretation of house museums includes historic, architectural, cultural, artistic and social information.
DEMHIST holds conferences and maintains a website to help provide a professional platform for sharing ideas and solutions. Its goals include the development of standards for conservation, restoration and security of house museums as well as helping develop communications with other professionals and visitors of house museums. Further concerns are the ways to improve community relations while increasing visibility and tourism.
The International Council of Museums is an international organisation of museums and museum professionals which is committed to the research, conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible. ICOM is a membership association and a non-governmental organisation which establishes professional and ethical standards for museum activities. As forum of experts, it makes recommendations on issues related to cultural heritage, promotes capacity building and advances knowledge. ICOM is the voice of museum professionals on international stage and raises public cultural awareness through global networks and co-operation programmes.
ICOM has 124 National Committees, 30 International Committees (each one devoted to the study of a particular type of museum or to a specific museum-related discipline), 6 Regional Alliances, 21 Affiliated Organizations, 8 Standing Committees and 3 Working Groups.
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