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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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Northants Flag Voting Opens

The competition to select a flag for Northamptonshire has now reached the voting stage, after four finalists were selected by a judging panel which included Flag Institute representation. People will also be asked to vote for their preferred dates for a county flag flying day – known as Northamptonshire Day. Voting can be done by […]

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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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Flags at Half-Mast for Nelson Mandela

Following the death of President Nelson Mandela on Thursday 5th December, No.10 has announced that flags are to be flown at half mast on Friday 6th December. If normal protocol is followed flags should also be at half-mast on the day of his funeral. The South African flag can be flown at half-mast alongside the […]

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BBC ‘deluged’ with designs in Flag Institute-inspired debate

Following the national conversation kick-started by the Flag Institute this week on what might happen to the flag of the United Kingdom in the event of Scottish independence, the BBC have admitted that they have since been ‘deluged’ by flag designs submitted by members of the public. Whilst some of the designs were – inevitably […]

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Flag Institute to Introduce Electronic Subscription Category

In his speech to the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 16th November 2013 at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, the Flag Institute’s Chief Executive (Charles Ashburner) outlined a number of proposals related to member subscriptions. The subsequent vote of members authorised the Trustees to implement the following changes: The creation of an Electronic Subscription category […]

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65% think the Union Flag should change if Scotland leaves

Almost 65% of people responding to a recent Flag Institute survey think the Union Flag SHOULD change if Scotland becomes independent. The Scottish Government intends to hold a referendum of the Scottish electorate, on the issue of independence from the United Kingdom, on Thursday 18 September 2014. The question asked in the referendum will be “Should Scotland be […]

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Symbols of Sovereignty – The National Flag

President of the Flag Institute, Captain Malcolm Farrow OBE RN, has released his recent paper looking at UK symbols of sovereignty. “Like every other nation, the United Kingdom has a range of national symbols signifying sovereignty on land, at sea and in the air. Because of our long and complex history, the UK quite possibly has […]

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AGM, Winter Conference & President’s Dinner – Birmingham 2013

This years Winter Conference and AGM is being held on the 16th November in Birmingham. We will be hosted by the prestigious Birmingham & Midland Institute – The venue is only a couple of minutes of walk from Birmingham Snow Hill station and easily accessible from anywhere in the city centre. Registration for the event is now […]

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