The Golden Bridge Child Migration from Scotland to Canada 1869–1939

Acknowledgements & Copyright


This virtual exhibition was inspired by the original Golden Bridge exhibition created and displayed by Heatherbank Museum of Social Work in Glasgow Caledonian University in the summer of 2001. The virtual Golden Bridge project was a collaboration between IRISS, Glasgow Caledonian University and Quarriers.

We’d like to acknowledge the following for their invaluable help and support:

Copyright Details

The Golden Bridge virtual exhibition.
© 2007–15 Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS).

The Golden Bridge exhibition boards.
© 2001 Glasgow Caledonian University.

Living Histories: The Quarriers.
Videos reproduced and adapted with permission from Paul Hunt.
© 2000 Five Corners Communications.

Historic Photo Album and Narratives of Facts.
© 2007 Quarriers.

Testimony Tree – Testimonies adapted from:

Copyright Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to trace rights owners where relevant and to ensure that nothing in The Golden Bridge virtual exhibition infringes the laws of the United Kingdom. Should you believe that any content in this exhibition does infringe any rights you may possess, or any UK law, please contact us.

In some cases it has been impossible to trace any rights holder. Such persons or their representatives, where they exist, are invited to contact us with evidence to support a claim so that an agreement can be reached. In these cases, we will remove any allegedly infringing material from the virtual Golden Bridge until we have completed the necessary investigations.

We apologise for any infringement that might occur where such rights owners do not come forward.

Information for relatives or descendents of home children

If you know or suspect that your relative was migrated to Canada as a ‘home child’ and you would like more information concerning the family circumstances of that relative or ancestor, Quarriers maintain a genealogy database of children who spent at least some of their childhood in the Orphan Homes of Scotland.

See Quarriers Genealogy and Records for more information.

Further Reading

For more information about the virtual Golden Bridge project, the article ‘Preserving and re-presenting social work history with new media: digitising the Golden Bridge exhibition’, published by New Scholarship in the Human Services, is now available in the online Currents journal.

For a detailed history of the Quarriers organisation, see The Quarriers Story by Anna Magusson.

Other useful sources of information include:


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