Val Bott has been an independent museum consultant since 2000; 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.

A Heritage Room for the Grange Centre in Bookham is being prepared.  Aaron Jones is the designer and Val is planning and writing the interpret-ation. It will show their collection of needlework and needlework equipment dating from the beginnings of the charity as The School of Stitchery and Lace, present the story of The Grange and look at the history of the care and training of people with disabilities. The project is supported by an HLF grant.

Val has been working with Berry Brothers & Rudd, the St James’s Street wine merchants founded in 1698. She has been listing business archives, papers as well as all manner of packaging and merchandising, and advising on new displays for the refurbished reception at No 3 St James’s Street, the 18th century premises.

T M Rooke Work on The Mulberry Garden Project at Hogarth’s House begins in spring 2018. With an HLF grant of £1.35m and £15,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation, and many other small grants, the partnership of the William Hogarth Trust and Hounslow Council is constructing 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. A new studio will provide a base for learning as well as an elegant space for events and functions. Val represents the Trust on the Project Board and has undertaken much of the fund-raising

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 has been 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 owned the property from about 1790 to 1810, won Enfield’s Council’s David Pam Memorial Prize in 2016.