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Philip Tibbetts joins Scotland’s Lyon Court

Congratulations to our Communities Vexillologist Philip Tibbetts on his appointment as an Officer of Arms in Scotland’s Lyon Court. On 1 September Philip became March Pursuivant Extraordinary, having served as Honorary Vexillologist to the court since 2018. His new title dates back to 1515 and pertains to the Marches, i.e the modern Dumfries and Galloway […]

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Flags of the UK's historic counties fly in Parliament Square, 23 July 2021

County flags star in Commons debate

The county flags of England, Scotland and Wales starred in the House of Commons on Thursday 22 July. To date 52 historic counties have entered a flag in the UK Flag Registry. And to celebrate Historic County Flags Day on 23 July, the flags flew together in Parliament Square, London. Among them were newcomers Herefordshire […]

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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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Flag Institute 2019-20 AGM

From Melbourne to Michigan, Bergen to Bavaria, the Netherlands to New York, and from all corners of the British Isles. At 7pm on Wednesday 20 January, 75 Flag Institute members gathered by their screens for the 2019-20 AGM. Thanks to everyone who attended this inaugural Zoom meeting, which also featured illustrated annual reviews from Chief […]

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Happy birthday, Flag Institute!

The Flag Institute – founded on 23 April 1971 by Dr William Crampton and his band of bold vexillological pioneers – celebrates its 49th birthday today. The Institute sends its thanks and best wishes to all members, friends and colleagues. Your support over the decades is greatly appreciated. Next year, of course, will mark the […]

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Spring 2020 Conference CANCELLED

Following careful consideration of the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Flag Institute has decided with regret to cancel the Spring 2020 Conference. In the current extraordinary circumstances, we feel this is the wisest and kindest course of action – and the only means of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of delegates, the Flag Institute […]

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Cover drive

The Flag Institute makes the pages of the latest (5 February 2020) issue of Country Life! As well as its usual property, interior design, gardening and cookery articles, the magazine boasts a full-colour cover featuring county flags, plus a seven-page article by Eleanor Doughty. Extensively quoted are the Flag Institute’s own Communities Vexillologist, Philip Tibbetts, […]

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Spring 2020 Conference: book now

The Flag Institute is delighted to welcome you to its Spring 2020 Conference, to be held on Saturday 28 March at David Game College, London. Admission is free. Please register here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/flag-institute-spring-2020-conference-tickets-8021 – to make sure of your place. Speakers and presentations include… Patrice de la Condamine, Professor of Contemporary History and author of […]

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