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Dr Whitney Smith

In memoriam: Whitney Smith

Whitney Smith Jr. of Winchester, Massachusetts, the preeminent scholar on all aspects of the history, symbolism, and significance of flags, died on 17 November 2016. Smith was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, on 26 February 1940. He became interested in flags at the age of five and received constant encouragement from his parents, Whitney Sr. and […]

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Flag Institute adopts new flag and emblem

On 18 November 2016, the Flag Institute Council, meeting in Birmingham, formally adopted a new flag and emblem. Designed in 1971 by the former Director of the Flag Institute, the late Dr William Crampton, the previous flag and emblem commemorated the Institute’s founding date, 23 April 1971 (St George’s Day), and incorporated a ‘V’ shape […]

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Flag Institute Spring Meeting: 30 May 2015

The Spring Meeting of the Flag Institute will be held at the Union Jack Club on Saturday 30 May 2015. Registration will start at 0930 and the lecture programme at 1000. The venue is an armed forces club and FI members will be required to display name badges at all times. A detailed programme will […]

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Flag Institute: Change of Official Address

From November 2020 the official address of the Flag Institute has changed. Please write to: The Flag Institute, 161 High Street, Kingston-upon-Hull HU1 1NQ, United Kingdom. COVID-19 update: at present this mailbox is unstaffed. Please email the Flag Institute for any urgent enquiry. The Flag Institute was formerly based at the Chester home of its […]

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Flag Institute President’s Dinner

Dear Friends, Last year’s Conference and President’s Dinner was so successful that the Flag Institute is returning to Birmingham, and to St Paul’s. Several VIPs from the city will again attend, adding to the glamour of the occasion and underlining how much Birmingham values such prestigious visitors. The meal will cost £35 a head and […]

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Wales: no change to Union Flag

In an interview for BBC Wales this morning Charles Ashburner, a Welshman and the Flag Institute’s Chief Executive, has gone on record as saying that moves to change the flag of the United Kingdom to include Wales are “unlikely to be successful for the foreseeable future.” Mr Ashburner suggested that whilst such a change might […]

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Statement: Flag Institute President

Statement by the Malcolm Farrow, President of the Flag Institute “I would like to endorse most strongly the words of Andrew Rosindell MP – Chairman of the all party Flags and Heraldry Committee. It has been a privilege to work with the Committee for the last six years, during which we have together raised the […]

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UK Flag design: comments

As Scotland’s vote on independence fast approaches officers of the Flag Institute are being kept very busy answering press enquiries from around the World. Our role as the UK’s national flag charity is to inform any public debate about flags, so we do our best to answer all such enquiries. Here is the result of […]

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Register for the Flag Institute Winter Conference

Featuring an eclectic mix of flag-related talks, presentations, debates, and music (really!), our 2014 AGM and Winter Conference is an informal opportunity for member and non-members alike to get together and enjoy a shared love of flags. We urge you to take part in this exciting event, to speak or just to attend and enjoy […]

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Outside No.10 Downing Street

Talks at 10 Downing Street

The Flag Institute today held high level ministerial talks at 10 Downing Street, relating to the future of the Union flag. The talks were organised by Andrew Rosindell MP and Lord West of Spithead of the Flags and Heraldry Committee, and hosted by John Hayes MP in the library of 10 Downing Street. Malcolm Farrow […]

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