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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 the property, interior design, gardening and cookery articles which are the magazine’s staple, there’s a full-colour cover featuring county flags and a seven-page article by Eleanor Doughty. Extensively quoted are the Flag Institute’s own Communities Vexillologist, […]

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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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Winter Conference Speakers & Tickets

We are delighted to announce speakers for the Flag Institute AGM & Winter 2019 Conference, taking place Saturday 2 November 2019 at the People’s History Museum (https://phm.org.uk/), Manchester, which is home to the largest trade union and political banner collection of its type in world. Tickets (free of charge to Flag Institute members) can be […]

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Spring Conference 2019 Tickets Available

Tickets for the Flag Institute’s Spring Conference are now available to purchase. Speakers have yet to be announced but date and location are confirmed for Saturday 23rd March 2019 at Imperial College London. The page for purchasing tickets can be found here  

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Announcement of the Death of Michael Faul

It is with great sadness that the Flag Institute announces the death on the 1st January 2019 of our former Secretary and long time Editor of Flagmaster Michael Faul MA FFI FFIAV. A dedicated servant of the Flag Institute who was possibly the leading authority on flags in the immediate post-Crampton/Smith era of Vexillology. We […]

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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 & 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

BY GEOFF PARSONS 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 […]

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Flag Institute: Change of Official Address

Orginally based at the Beaumaris home of our founder Dr William Crampton, and then for many years at the Naval Club in Mayfair, the Flag Institute’s official headquarters is now HQS Wellington following a vote of members at the 2014 AGM. Built at Devonport in 1934, HMS Wellington served in the Pacific before the Second […]

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