The curator of the McLean Museum and Art Gallery in Greenock – part of the Watt Institution – is heading for retirement after 40 years of service.

Val Boa has been reflecting on her time at the museum in an interview with the local paper, The Greenock Telegraph.

She says the 2019 celebrations of Greenock-born James Watt have been one of her highlights.

She told the paper: “Watt was such an important person and a worthy hero. He wasn’t an academic but when he had an idea, he could visualise it and bring it to life.”

In her final months Val has been part of the team overseeing the re-opening of the Watt Institution, after a £2 million revamp.

Read her interview with the paper here.

Val was recently honoured at a celebratory event about Watt in November 2019.

She is pictured below at the event, in a shot shared on Twitter.

You can also hear an audio interview with Val – talking about James Watt – on this website.