About Val Bott

Val Bott has been  a museum consultant since 2000. She has over 25 years’ experience of managing museums (including setting up and managing those in LB Brent and L B Wandsworth) and was for four years Deputy Director of the Museums & Galleries Commission. Val was awarded the MBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her work on heritage and conservation.

She provides thoughtful advice and support to museums and heritage organisations which are managing changes in their work. This may include reviews of current services and practice, mentoring senior staff, developing strategies and feasibility studies, creating imaginative interpretative concepts or advising on grant applications.

Val also advises organisations – charitable trusts, local authorities  and businesses  – who wish to open up public access to collections in their care, and carries out research, ranging from surveys of professional practice to consultation with stakeholders or potential audiences.

Val chairs the William Hogarth Trust, is Honorary Secretary to the Thames Explorer Trust and became a member of the board of the Cartoon Museum in 2014. She also edits the Newsletter of the Friends of Gunnersbury Park & Museum and co-ordinates a committee of 9 local and family history societies which puts on the annual West London Local History Conference.