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.

Name Title Organization Location
Elsa Rodrigues, Chair Program Coordinator João de Deus Museum Lisbon, Portugal
Yvonne Ploum,
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
Frank Louhenapessy,
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
Copenhagen, Denmark
Yoshihiro Nakatani Curator Nijo-jo Castle Kyoto, Japan


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