What is DEMHIST?

DEMHIST is an ICOM International Committee focusing on the conservation and management of house museums. Its name is an abbreviation of the French term “demeures historiques”. House museums range from castles 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.