Val Bott was an independent museum consultant from 2000 to 2020; she also has over 25 years’ experience of managing museums and collections. She supports a number of heritage charities and in June 2014 was awarded an MBE for her heritage and conservation work. She was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in February 2020.
She is now focussing on her historical research for nurserygardeners.com. Her voluntary role supporting the Mulberry Garden Project at Hogarth’s House for the William Hogarth Trust is currently postponed during the Covid-19 crisis though fund-raising continues. Her voluntary work also includes the roles of Editor and Honorary Secretary to the Friends of Gunnersbury Park and to the Gunnersbury Museum & Park Development Trust and Honorary Secretary to the Thames Explorer Trust. She edits the Brentford & Chiswick Local History Journal and is proud to have been able to publish the 2020 edition despite the difficulties caused by Covid-19.
Work on site for the Mulberry Garden Project at Hogarth’s House began in the summer of 2018. With an HLF grant of £1.35m, £150,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation and many other small grants, the partnership of the William Hogarth Trust and Hounslow Council has con-structed a new “exhibition garden” to provide a fine setting for the Grade I listed house, using planting and features to tell its story since the 1680s. The new studio will offer a base for learning as well as an elegant space for events and functions. As project co-ordinator for the William Hogarth Trust Val has contributed to the interpret-ation scheme and undertaken much of the fund-raising.