Founded in 1971, the Flag Institute is a UK charity working to promote interest in all aspects of flags and flag flying (vexillology); to foster knowledge and understanding; and to offer a unique free source of expert advice, information and comment. Membership is open to all. JOIN TODAY and find out more!
Vexillology is the scientific study of flags and related emblems. It is concerned with research into flags of all kinds, modern and historical; with establishing a body of practice for flag design and usage; and with creating a body of theory of flag development. Vexillology seeks to understand and explain the important role played by flags in the modern world.
The word ‘vexillology‘ is derived from the Latin vexillum, a term used by the Romans to indicate a kind of standard with a fabric hung from a horizontal crossbar on a pole. The vexillum is the closest equivalent in the classical world to what today is called a flag.