Meet Alex Robertson, Museum Manager at Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

We caught up with Alex to find out a little more about his favourite places to visit in Scotland and what experiences he is looking forward to in the future. 

Alex at Aberdeen Art Gallery

Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Aberdeen Art Gallery?

I moved to Aberdeen 8 years ago to start my job at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums.

Having studied at Glasgow school of Art, getting a job in the culture sector was a dream come true. The Museum Manager job is different every day and certainly keeps me on my toes. Being part of the Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment project was an amazing experience. To work alongside a talented, dedicated and enthusiastic team is not something I take for granted.

Even after 8 years I'm still discovering and learning about Aberdeen's Collection. A phenomenal contemporary art collection and loads of classics too. Our venues are so unique, from the spiral staircases of the 400 year old Tolbooth Museum to the 21st century extension atop the 135 year old Art Gallery.

What are your favourite places to visit in Scotland?

My favourite place to visit in Scotland is Nairn. It is where my grandparents lived. When we were kids we used to visit them ever summer. I'm still a member of The Nairn Golf Club, and travel through to play the 133 year old championship course as often as I can. I love jumping on the quiet train and watching the Aberdeenshire and Moray scenery go by. The sun always seems be shining there. As my uncle would say 'another cracking day in Nairn'! I'm really looking forward to a trip I have planned, to Nairn, in October.

What are your most memorable experiences in Scotland?

  • Climbing one of Scotland's 282 Munros and enjoying a well-deserved dram (or two) afterwards.
  •  I love Kinnloch Rannoch and Loch Tay, the Munros around that area are not too difficult and give great views. Stop of in Killin at the Falls of Dochart for a vegan cake next to the bridge.