See the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry exhibit at OPL


The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry’s Welcome Panel was stitched by Gillian Hart and Yvonne Murphy.

Great Scot! It’s Scottish Month in Ottawa. You can celebrate your roots and learn about Scottish heritage and culture via a special new show presented by The Scottish Society of Ottawa (SSO). The society is hosting the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry exhibit at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. You can see it during regular library hours until January 25.

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids this week, this is a great option. The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry involves 34 countries and their communities from around the world in celebration of Scottish heritage and culture, the people and places that connect Scotland to its global diaspora.

Scots have migrated all over the world and have often had profound impact on the areas where they settled. The diaspora project has brought together stories from these communities, documenting their Scottish connections in 305 embroidered panels.

It is a remarkable and heart-felt homage to the determination, courage and achievement of Scottish migrants and their descendants across the centuries.

Tour Director Jenny Bruce has accompanied the exhibit around the world and brings the exhibit to Ottawa before it leaves North America and heads to Iceland. This show offers a unique opportunity to learn about these unique aspects of Scottish and Canadian history and the great contribution Scots have made after they left their homes to build new lives, often many thousands of miles away.

“Not only will people want to see the Canadian experience told through 37 of the panels in the tapestry, but those from around the world as well,” says Heather Theoret of the Scottish Society of Ottawa. “It’s a wonderful way to celebrate Canada’s 150th by not only educating people about the Scottish contribution to Canada, but promoting Scottish heritage as well.”

Not only can you can see the exhibit during regular library hours, personal or group tours may be booked with Tour Director Jenny Bruce by emailing:

The Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch is at 120 Metcalfe Street at Laurier Avenue West.

For details about the Scottish Society of Ottawa, see and to learn more about the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry before you see the show, check it out here.



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