On 18 November 2016, the Flag Institute Council, meeting in Birmingham, formally adopted a new flag and emblem.
Designed in 1971 by the former Director of the Flag Institute, the late Dr William Crampton, the previous flag and emblem commemorated the Institute’s founding date, 23 April 1971 (St George’s Day), and incorporated a ‘V’ shape to represent vexillology.
In the intervening years, when the Flag Institute has grown from a small group of flag enthusiasts into a much larger organisation with a UK-wide remit, the emphasis on the St George’s Cross, the emblem of England, has become increasingly inappropriate. So a year ago it was decided to create a new flag and logo, representing the Institute’s role throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The design, as adopted at the Council Meeting, is based on the lower quarter of the Union Flag, in a stylised representation that expresses forward movement.
It was designed by the Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram, and the Communities Vexillologist, Philip Tibbetts.
You will see the new logo in use on this website. During the initial transition period, however, materials might bear either the old or new emblem until old stocks are exhausted.