Val Bott has been an independent museum consultant since 2000; she also has over 25 years’ experience of managing museums and archives. She has supported a number of heritage-related charities and in June 2014 was awarded an MBE for her heritage and conservation work.

Val is working with Berry Brothers & Rudd, the St James’s Street wine merchants founded in 1698. She is listing the business archive of Cutty Sark whisky which was a major part of the business from 1923 to 2010; this comprises papers as well as all manner of packaging and merchandising. She has also been advising on new displays for the refurbished reception at No 3 St James’s Street, the 18th century premises.

London’s land-based college, Capel Manor, opens its Enfield estate to visitors, with model gardens, animal displays and many events throughout the year. Val is advising upon ways of interpreting the heritage of the estate. Her initial research has revealed new information about the history of the site. Her essay on the Boddam family, who had many Enfield connections and owned the property from about 1790 to 1810, won Enfield’s Council’s David Pam Memorial Prize in July 2016.

Supported by designer Aaron Jones and textile conservator Louise Squire, Val has been working with the Grange Centre in Bookham to plan the future of their collection of needlework and needlework equipment dating from the beginnings of the charity as The School of Stitchery and Lace. Funding bids are being prepared to support the creation of a Heritage Room which will house the collections, present the story of The Grange and look at the care and training of people with disabilities.

T M Rooke A Stage 2 HLF grant has been awarded to a partnership of the William Hogarth Trust and Hounslow Council for The Mulberry Garden. The project will see the creation of a new garden and the construction of a learning studio. The new “exhibition garden” will provide a fine setting for the Grade I listed house, using planting and features to tell its story since the 1680s. While the studio will provide a base for learning as well as an elegant space for events and functions. As Trust Chairman Val has drafted funding bids, helped plan the interpretation scheme, written the Conservation Management Plan, and is a member of the project team.