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!
William Crampton Library
Located in Kingston-upon-Hull’s historic Museum Quarter, the William Crampton Library is the Flag Institute’s unique research and documentation centre – the largest in the world outside the USA. The collection includes thousands of items:
- books on flags and flag-related topics
- vexillological journals from around the world
- newspaper and magazine articles
- flag specifications
- original design work
- private research collections
- badges, ephemera, posters, wallcharts
- and flags
and every item is available on site.
The William Crampton Library is also a living collection – professionally curated, catalogued and indexed, and regularly enriched by new items identified via a systematic review of flag publishing, and acquired by exchange, donation, purchase and download.
Enquiries / visits
The Flag Institute Librarian welcomes visitors and enquiries from individuals and organisations worldwide: Flag Institute members; fellow vexillologists; flagmakers; schools; academics; publishers; film, TV, theatre and other media companies; government – local and national; diplomatic services; community groups; sports clubs and governing bodies; historic houses; visitor attractions and many more.
For more information, to make an enquiry, or to arrange a visit to the William Crampton Library, please contact the Flag Institute Librarian.