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------------------------------------------- CALL FOR PAPERS Facing and Solving the Challenges of historic house museums: Examples and Models The Annual Meeting and Conference of DEMHIST will take place between 8-10 October 2003, at Lenzburg (near Zurich), Switzerland. DEMHIST is a forum for proposing and debating key criteria for the management and conservation of historic house museums. Historic house museums are examined as integrated combinations of "containers" (structures preserved as wholes) and "content" (furnishings, decorations and collections). The Historical Museum Aargau in Switzerland is hosting the 4th annual conference of DEMHIST. The museum runs two castles each with a very specific profile representing two different kinds of Historic House Museums. One recreates period rooms the other tells the history of the original owner's family with modern museological means. The theme of the conference involves the following questions: - How to attract visitors in an enlarging leisure market? - How to manage a great number of visitors in rooms for a domestic life? - How to garantee security and safety? - How to reach a happy marriage between "container" and "contents"? All curators, directors, museums professionals and those with an interest in the preservation and interpretation of historic house museums are invited to attend. Short 15-20 minute papers are invited from current voting members of DEMHIST . For membership contact your local office of ICOM. The deadline for concise 300 word abstract is 31 May. Please indicate your full contact details and professional affiliation if any. Submissions should be made in Word compatible format. For Further Information Please Contact Daniela Ball Director Historisches Museum Aargau Schloss Lenzburg CH-5600 Lenzburg, Switzerland Tel. (+41-62) 888-4848 e-mail: email@example.com Hugh Maguire Secrteary / Treasurer: DEMHIST Museums and Archives Officer The Heritage Council Rothe House Kilkenny, Ireland Tel. (+353-56) 70-777 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org -- H-MUSEUM H-Net Network for Museum Professionals E -Mail: email@example.com WWW: http://www.h-museum.net