On the 18th November 2016, at the Flag Institute’s Council Meeting in Birmingham, the Institute formally adopted a new flag and emblem.
The previous flag and emblem had been designed by the former Director of the Flag Institute, the late Dr William Crampton, in 1971, when the Institute was founded. The design commemorated the founding date, St George’s Day, and incorporated a ‘V’ shape to represent vexillology.
Over the years since its foundation, the Flag Institute’s role has changed. From a small group of flag enthusiasts it has grown into a larger organization, the UK’s national flag charity. As a UK organization, the emphasis on the emblem of England, the St George’s Cross, had become an issue when the Institute worked in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. So a year ago it was decided to create a new flag and logo, one that represented our UK role in flags.
The design, as finally 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 Community Vexillologist, Philip Tibbetts.
There will be a transition period where materials could bear either the old or new emblem, until stock of old-brand material is exhausted. You will see the new logo in use on this website.