What is DEMHIST?
DEMHIST is one of the 30 official committees of ICOM. The committee is an international forum for convening historic house museum professionals in the issues, best practice, and discourse particular to the conservation and management of historic house museums. DEMHIST, a portmanteau in French standing for “demeures historiques,” or “historic house museums” in English, is the world body for the historic house museum field. Each year, this committee of the International Council of Museums, hosts an annual conference where conference sessions delve into current house museum issues and debate, committee board members are elected by DEMHIST members, and the committee solidifies plans for upcoming conferences.
DEMHIST represents historic house museums reflecting a wide range of artistic, architectural, cultural, and social diversity, as well as museum institutions of various sizes and budgets. Conference themes serve this institutional diversity through relevant and timely topics generated by a call for proposals for each conference. The committee publishes the outcome of annual conferences to create a platform for historic house museum practitioners and academics as well as to disseminate best practices and solutions for the historic house museum field.
The following individuals were elected to the DEMHIST board at the 2017 annual conference of DEMHIST in London, England.
|Elsa Rodrigues, Chair||Program Coordinator||João de Deus Museum||Lisbon, Portugal|
Vice-Chair and Secretary
|Director||Museum Oud Amelisweerd||
Bunnik, The Netherlands
|Ana Cristina Carvalho
|Director, Artistic-Cultural Collection||Governmental Palaces of the State of São Paulo||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Director||Doorn House Museum||
Doorn, The Netherlands
|Barbara Elfman||Independent Museum Consultant||
Cambridge, United States
|Daniel Ronan||Owner, Consultant||Resilient Heritage||
Chicago, United States
|Jonathan Gration||Professor||De Montfort University||
Leiceser, United Kingdom
|Gianluca Kannés||Retired Museum Professional||Torino, Italy|
|Marta Antuñano||Curator||Casa Vicens Gaudí||Barcelona, Spain|
|Remko Jansonius||Deputy Director, Collections and Curatorial Affairs||Vizcaya Museum and Gardens||
Miami, United States
|Timna Seligman||Curator||Ticho House||Jerusalem, Israel|
|Ulla Strømberg||Independent Museum Consultant||
|Yoshihiro Nakatani||Curator||Nijo-jo Castle||Kyoto, Japan|