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 ICOM is a non-governmental organisation linked to UNESCO committed “to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible”.
ICOM provides a forum for the international museum community to engage debates and scientific exchanges. (http://icom.museum). In addition to its 113 national committees ICOM has 30 International Committees, each devoted to the study of a particular type of museum (museums of art, science, literature, historic houses) or to a specific museum-related discipline (conservation, education, documentation) etc.