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DEMHIST - Historic House Museums

International Committee for Historic House Museums

DEMHIST is an international forum for debating problems and solutions particular to the conservation and management of historic house museums. One aim of the committee is to create a classification system of the numerous kinds of historic house museums in order to assist professionals in understanding their houses better so that they may formulate more effective "mission statements"; goals; conservation, restoration, and security choices; and communication with other professionals and with their visitors. Considering the artistic, architectural, cultural, and social wealth present in historic houses, the committee organizes conferences to address these issues common to all kinds of historic house museums, and publishes the results in order to give its members a professional platform for sharing their ideas, as well as to disseminate as widely as possible the solutions reached in order to increase their effectiveness.


John Barnes, DEMHIST Chairperson
Hampton Court Palace
Surrey KT8 9AU
United Kingdom


Elsa Rodrigues, DEMHIST Secretary/Treasurer
Museu João de Deus
Avenida Álvares Cabral, nº69
1250-017 Lisboa
Phone :+351 21 396 0854
Fax :+351 21 396 8142