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.
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 is 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.
A decision is awaited upon a Stage 2 HLF funding bit submitted by a partnership of the William Hogarth Trust and Hounslow Council for The Mulberry Garden. The project will create an exhibition garden and build a learning centre at Hogarth’s House, creating a base for learning and events there and making it more sustainable. As Trust Chairman Val has drafted funding bids, helped plan the interpretation scheme and written the Conservation Management Plan.
During 2015 Val worked with the Friends of Droxford Church in Hampshire on developing a scheme for re-presenting and interpreting this handsome building and the story of the locality.
The project has now achieved a Heritage Lottery Fund award from the Grants for Places of Worship scheme at Stage 2. An interpretative scheme should follow in 2017.