Find all you need to know about the Flag Institute – a members’ association, a UK charity and the authority on flags and flag flying (vexillology).

About the Flag Institute

Founded in 1971, the Flag Institute celebrates its Golden Jubilee in 2021. It is an independent organisation funded wholly by member subscriptions. It documents, celebrates and promotes flags in all their variety. And it shares knowledge, opinion and ideas – in person, in print and online.

The Flag Institute is international in scope and outlook, welcoming members from across the globe. It is one of 51 members of the Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques (FIAV) and a four-time host of the biennial International Congress of Vexillology (ICV), most recently in London in 2017.

The Flag Institute also places a special focus on UK flags and flag flying. It maintains and manages the UK Flag Registry as the only definitive record of the national, supranational, local and community flags flown in the UK and the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories. It encourages the design and adoption of local and community flags through open competition and democratic vote. It serves as an adviser to the UK Parliamentary Flags and Heraldry Committee. And it provides expert advice to national and local government, diplomatic services, military units and more.


Joining the Flag Institute is easy, great value and offers a wide range of benefits.
  • Everyone welcome
    • expert or novice, vexillologist or vexillographer, flag geek or flag nerd
    • UK and worldwide
  • Individual, group and trade memberships
    • Individual: classic or online
    • Group: for schools, libraries, colleges, museums, government departments (local or central) etc
    • Trade: for flagmakers, publishers and other commercial organisations.

For more information, including 2020/2021 subscription rates, please click here.

Flag Institute Flag

Flag Institute's Flag

The Flag Institute Flag

The flag is a stylised representation of a quarter of the Union Flag, creating a dynamic image of vexillology moving forward.

Designers: Chief Vexillologist Graham Bartram and Communities Vexillologist Philip Tibbetts