The Flag Institute is the world’s leading research and documentation centre for flags and flag information. The Institute is also the largest vexillological membership organisation in the world. The Institute was founded on St. George’s Day, 23 April, 1971.
The Flag Institute also maintains and manages the national United Kingdom Flag Registry. This is to ensure there is a definitive record of those United Kingdom flags which exist, both nationally and regionally.
Members receive the journal, Flagmaster, every quarter and are entitled to attend the meetings of the Institute, which take place twice a year. All members resident in the UK can take part in the government of the Institute. Members also have free access to the extended library of the Flag Institute and to the Members’ Area of the web site, which contains a number of papers and resources.
The Institute provides vexillological services to HM Government in the UK and to many other organizations around the world, including the United Nations. These services include advising on the use of flags, designing new flags and collating information on flags of the world.
The Flag Institute Flag
The Flag Institute flag depicts the Cross of Saint George on a white V on blue, the international symbol for Vexillology. Vexillology is the name for the study of history, symbolism and meaning of flags. The flag was designed by the late director of the Flag Institute, Dr William Crampton.
The Flag Institute is a full member of FIAV (Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques), the International Federation of Vexillological Associations. The Flag Institute hosted the International Congress of Vexillology in the year 2001 to celebrate the bicentenary of the Union Flag. The Congress was held in the historic city of York. The Institute’s Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram, is the Secretary-General for Congresses of FIAV.