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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 questionasked in the referendum will be “Should Scotland be an […]

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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 – http://bmi.org.uk/ 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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County Durham Flag Competition

The competition to select a new flag for County Durham is in full swing and has attracted some very strong designs. Full details and your chance to vote can be found here. Make sure you visit soon as voting concludes on 20 October.

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Creating Local & Community Flags

Today at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) the Flag Institute launched its latest flag guide, Creating Local & Community Flags, which aims to help communities design their own flags or organise a competition to design one. DCLG has issued a press release, which can be read here: “New guide for communities to […]

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Trafalgar Flags

The following is a release from the National Maritime Museum.     The National Maritime Museum has the rare and exciting opportunity to acquire two surviving flags from the Battle of Trafalgar. The first is a Union Flag, flown from HMS Minotaur and the second is an Austrian Ensign believed to have come from the […]

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Revised Presentations

Some spring cleaning has been carried out in the members’ area and some newly revised editions of presentations have been included. As well as the newly updated Flagmaster index (courtesy of Flag Institute member Tom Adams), thanks must also go to John Cartledge for his ongoing attention to detail in the updating of his presentations […]

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Flags to Fly for New Prince

Following the happy announcement of the birth of a son to their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it has been decided that the HM Government buildings should fly the Union Flag at full mast from 8am until 8pm, today, Tuesday 23 July 2013. Local authorities, companies and individuals are not bound by […]

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County Durham Flag Competition

Flag Institute member Andy Strangeway is coordinating the competition to design and select the new flag for County Durham. As he and others have pointed out, County Durham is now the only historic northern county not to have its own flag… Lets hope we get that rectified soon! For more information and details on how […]

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The Flag Institute becomes a charity

The Flag Institute has had the goal of becoming a charity for some years, but it has taken a long time to achieve it. On June 19 2013, about eighteen months after we formally started down the road to becoming a charity, working out what type of charity we wanted to become, writing a new […]

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