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
  • images
  • newspaper and magazine articles
  • correspondence
  • 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.