Publications

The Flag Institute offers a wide range of publications in print and/or PDF.

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Flagmaster

Flagmaster (1971 to date) is the Flag Institute’s twice-yearly full-colour journal, available exclusively to members. Published in print or PDF (No.117 to date). New, expanded 48-page format (No.160 to date).

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Flagmaster Archive

The full Flagmaster Archive (No.1 to date) to view or download – exclusively to members.

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Research Notes / Presentations

Occasional papers and presentations available to view or download exclusively to members – log in here.

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British Flags & Emblems

Book coverBritish Flags & Emblems (Flag Institute, 2004) is the definitive guide, compiled by Chief Vexillologist Graham Bartram. Foreword by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

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Flying Flags in the United Kingdom

Flying Flags in the United Kingdom CoverWhat is correct UK flag protocol? What rules apply when flying flags in the UK?

Flying Flags in the United Kingdom (Flag Institute/UK Parliamentary Flags & Heraldry Committee; 2010, revised 2020) is the authoritative guide.

Find a few simple rules to follow when flying the UK’s national flags in different situations:

  • UK Parliamentary approval
  • includes the Union Flag (or Union Jack) and the flags of England, Scotland and Wales
  • practical, easy to use
  • clear illustrations and diagrams
  • distributed to every UK government department and local authority
  • for anyone with a flagpole

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Union Jack or Union Flag?

Union Jack or Union Flag CoverUnion Jack or Union Flag?

Either name is valid.

Read on to find out why …

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Flags for Churches

Flags on Churches CoverFlags for Churches (Flag Institute, 2020) offers a simple guide to frequently asked questions on this popular topic.

Originally published as a poster, it has now been updated and released as a six-page booklet.

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Colours of the Fleet / Badges of the British Commonwealth

Colours of the Fleet (Malcolm Farrow, 2020) provides a brief history and catalogue of all the defaced ensigns ever granted. It currently contains over 700 flags. Initially compiled by Malcolm Farrow in the early 1990s. Edited and updated by Malcolm Farrow and David Prothero to 2015.

Note: Malcolm Farrow asserts his rights as author of this work. The information contained therein is free to reuse subject to an appropriate acknowledgement.

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Badges of the British Commonwealth (Rudi Longueville, 2020) is a magisterial work, current to 2011. It comprises detailed images of the defacing badges of British ensigns, each with an explanatory text, plus comprehensive indexes.

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Note: Rudi Longueville asserts his rights as author of this work. The information contained therein is free to reuse subject to an appropriate acknowledgement.

Can you help?

These two publications offer complementary perspectives on the history, background and astonishing global reach of British and British-derived ensigns. The authors would love to combine them in a single grand encyclopedia. However, they lack the time and resources needed to do so. If you can help, please the Flag Institute.

 

The Guiding Principles of Flag Design

The Guiding Principles of Flag Design (Flag Institute/NAVA, 2014) offers authoritative, in-depth design advice. 

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Flying Flags: a Plain English Guide

Up-to-date guidance from the UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). This guide provides a brief summary of the new, more liberalised, controls over flag flying introduced on 12 October 2012.

Free to view or download from the UK Government website.

 

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: a Visual Guide to the Flags Used

Compiled by Chief Vexillologist Graham Bartram, Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: a Visual Guide to the Flags Used (Flag Institute, 2012) is a profusely illustrated companion to this historic royal occasion.

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