Strategic development and forward planning

Val Bott has advised a variety of clients on future plans and changes. This has included research to identify comparators or to test opinion, facilitation of discussions and focus groups of staff (paid and unpaid), governing bodies and stakeholders. Val’s style is always to support clients to enable them to identify effective and sustainable ways of moving forward.

Specification for a major exhibition gallery for Royal Mail collections, to brief estates managers in identifying central London premises

Creation of charitable trust to separate Royal Mail’s archive and museum collections from the business (working with managers, lawyers and recruitment agency), now the British Postal Museum & Archive

Strategic plan and fund-raising advice for Rugby Art Gallery & Museum

Support for The Lace Guild in planning their future and preparing a successful HLF bid

De Morgan tiles

Advising the De Morgan Foundation on approaches to project planning and fund-raising

Identifying future potential for a Daventry Museum (with Matthews Millman)

Interpretative planning for Avoncroft Museum of Buildings (with Matthews Millman)

Planning a sustainable future for Wirksworth Heritage Centre (an AIM sustainability review)

Forward planning advice to Barts and the London Hospitals Pathology Museum, working with academic staff and NHS management

Advice on fund-raising and forward planning for an HLF application for the Silk Mill Industrial Museum for Derby City Council (with Atkins plc)

Planning the future of the Wimbledon Windmill Museum (an AIM sustainability review)

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Advising the Richmond Environment Trust on successful HLF bids for several projects

Support and advice to the British Postal Museum & Archive in  planning a new museum in Swindon

Advice on the creation of a new visitor centre for Richmond Park