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John Vaughan received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2021

John Vaughan OAM

Life member John Vaughan is celebrating today – and with good reason. In the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List, he receives the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia ‘for service to vexillography and history preservation’. John is a renowned designer and maker of flags. He is a leading authority on flag history, meaning and […]

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House of Commons flag: a yellow portcullis below a coronet on a green field

A New Flag for the House of Commons

Tuesday 11 May 2021 saw the first flying of a new flag for the House of Commons. Graham Bartram, Chief Vexillologist of the Flag Institute, designed it at the request of the Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle. The flag consists of a gold parliamentary portcullis and coronet on a field of House of Commons green. The […]

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FI 50th birthday party

A grand online FI 50th birthday party will open the Flag Institute’s Golden Jubilee Year on Friday 23 April, 7pm-9.30pm. Trustees, members and special guests will share memories and views of the FI – past, present and future. And US film-maker Patrick O’Connor will be there to discuss his new documentary, Look Away, Look Away. […]

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Union Flag: new official guidance

Following the publication of new official guidance, the Union flag is set to fly year round on UK Government buildings in England, Scotland and Wales. The current guidance requires only that UK Government buildings in these three countries fly the Union flag on designated days. From summer 2021, however, the Union flag will fly daily […]

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More flags at UK Parliament

Flags are flying in the House of Commons precincts, an historic first that sends an ‘important message of welcome’ to all. Following a Commonwealth Day ceremony on Monday 8 March, three flagpoles now stand at ground level in New Palace Yard. The location offers much greater visibility than the existing flagpoles high on Portcullis House […]

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County Durham Flag competition

The competition to select a new flag for County Durham is in full swing and has attracted some very strong designs. Full details and your chance to vote can be found here. Make sure you visit soon as voting concludes on 20 October.

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Trafalgar flags

The National Maritime Museum is appealing for funds to secure two surviving flags from the battle of Trafalgar. The first is a Union Flag, flown from HMS Minotaur. The second is an Austrian ensign, which may come from the Neptuno, a vessel captured at Trafalgar by Minotaur and Spartiate. The museum plans to display the […]

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Revised presentations

After some spring cleaning, the Members’ Area now features several newly revised presentations. These include the newly updated index to Flagmaster, courtesy of FI member Tom Adams. Thanks also go to John Cartledge for his ongoing attention to detail in updating his presentations and narratives. Please do check out these very well-researched pieces.

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County Durham Flag competition

Flag Institute member Andy Strangeway is coordinating the competition to design and select the new flag for County Durham. As he and others have pointed out, County Durham is now the only historic northern county not to have its own flag… Lets hope we get that rectified soon! For more information and details on how […]

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The new website launches!

Welcome to the new look Flag Institute website! We are very proud to announce the launch of the new look Flag Institute website which was demonstrated at the Spring 2013 conference in London. Please take the time to browse around the site and check out the particularly notable updates to the ‘About Us’ and ‘British […]

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