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Black Country Flag put to Song

The Black Country flag has become what could be the first sub-national flag in the country to have a song dedicated to it. Noted local poet and academic Brian Dakin (pictured to the right of the photo along with Steve Welch of Black Country Radio and Gaz Sawers, organiser of Black Country Day & Festival […]

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Chief Vexillologist on Voice of Russia panel

In a current and very interesting Voice of Russia broadcast on Tuesday, 11 March 2014, Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram, joined host Brendan Cole on a discussion panel also including: Liam Clarke, Political editor of the Belfast Telegraph; David Vines White, the Somerset Herald from the College of Arms in London; Professor Paul Ward, […]

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Union Flag or Union Jack? The answer

Controversy persists about whether the British national flag should be called “the Union Flag” or “the Union Jack”. Though the general public almost universally uses “Union Jack”, some are convinced that “Union Flag” is the correct term and that “Union Jack” should be used only when the flag is flown from the jack-staff in the […]

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FI President on BBC World Service & CBBC Newsround

The Flag Institute is an educational charity, and we work hard to spread knowledge and understanding of flags to all age-groups. For that reason we are especially pleased to have been featured on CBBC’s Newsround this week.  On Tuesday FI President, Malcolm Farrow, somehow managed to make flags sound appealing to CBBC youngsters, the international […]

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NZ Flag Speech at Victoria University

John Key MP, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, has made a speech at Victoria University in Wellington, launching his proposal for a referendum on the future on the nation’s flag. You can read the speech here. It is a most impressive, thoughtful and statesmanlike view of the significance of a national flag in the […]

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DCLG flys Cornwall flag to celebrate St Piran’s Day

Source: St Piran’s Day is named after Cornwall’s patron saint of tin miners and is celebrated far and wide on 5 March each year. The day first started being observed in the late 19th and early 20th century and has become increasing popular since the 1950s. In recent years celebrations and parades marking the […]

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Call for Designs in Willenhall Flag Competition

Willenhall is set to have its very own community flag and budding artists and those with a sense of civic pride are being encouraged to submit designs. The flag will be officially registered with the Flag Institute, as community website Willenhall Ay and locally based shopping giant Poundland have teamed up to launch a […]

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“We are not encouraging a change to the flag”

Source: The Atlantic The Flag Institute, the U.K.’s national flag charity and the largest membership-based vexillological organization in the world, recently polled its members and found that nearly 65 percent of respondents felt the Union Jack should be changed if Scotland becomes independent. And after the poll, the organization found itself flooded with suggested replacements […]

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Philip is Communities Vexillologist for the Flag Institute

Source: BAE Systems Philip is a Strategy Analyst with the Combat Air & International Strategy team; responsible for International Market Analysis. Supporting communities Philip works as the Community Vexillologist for the Flag Institute, which primarily involves engaging, liaising and supporting local and regional communities who are seeking to develop a flag and have it included […]

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New flag design competition: Evenley, Northants

The village of Evenley in Northamptonshire has decided to go ahead with a flag competition and would like to invite Flag Institute members and any other vexillologists to submit proposals. Submissions should be made over the Christmas and New Year period either via email ( or posted to: Joyce Stevens (Parish Clerk) Evenley Parish Council […]

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