Spring and Winter Conferences

We hold a Spring Conference and a Winter Conference each year.

No fuss, no formality – just a warm welcome and a great time talking flags.

  • enjoy a varied programme of presentations on flags past, present and future
  • meet an international mix of speakers and members
  • make new friends and catch up with old ones

Recent and upcoming venues include London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham.

Spring Conference 2024

Conway Hall Library Room showing bookcases, tables and chairsDon’t miss our Spring Conference 2024, taking place on Saturday 18 May, 9.30am to 5pm.

Our venue is The Library Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL – a five-minute walk from Holborn Underground Station or a short bus ride from King’s Cross.

As ever our programme will feature an exciting mix of contemporary and historical vexillological presentations:

  • Brian Cham, Flag Design Consultant, North American Vexillological Association
    • Unravelling the Tino Rangatiratanga Flag (Māori Flag) through the Eyes of Its Designer
      • The Tino Rangatiratanga flag is the flag of the Māori people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Designed in 1989, it has come a long way from a napkin doodle to a national icon but has also garnered controversy. Brian talked with Linda Munn – its last surviving creator – to share her perspective on the story of the flag. Both contributors are proud to share part of their homeland’s culture.
  • Watch out for further announcements.

Grade II listed, Conway Hall opened in 1929 as the new home of the South Place Ethical Society (renamed in 2012 as the Conway Hall Ethical Society).

Throughout the day, delegates will enjoy exclusive access to the Library Room – home to the most comprehensive humanist research collection in the UK.

Online booking is now open – cost £15.

To register please select this link.

Past events

Winter Conference 2023

Our Winter Conference 2023 headed to Edinburgh for a very special weekend on 18/19 November.

It was our first conference in Scotland. Our first 2-day conference. And our first collaboration with The Heraldry Society of Scotland.

More than 40 vexillologists – FI members, HSS members and visitors alike – enjoyed a feast of Scottish flags, heraldry and history.

Day 1 opened at the Royal Scots Club with a formal welcome from Councillor Robert Aldridge, The Rt Hon Lord Provost of Edinburgh, and ended at the club with a sell-out Presidents’ Drinks Reception and Dinner.

Also featured on the Day 1 programme were:

  • Sheriff George Way of Plean, Carrick Pursuivant
  • Alasdair Hutton OBE TD OStJ, broadcaster and journalist, writer and storyteller of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Kevin Greig, Fellow of The Heraldic Institute and The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
  • Fraser Thompson, Scottish Flag Trust
  • Sheila Collins, Ashfield (Trades House, Edinburgh)
  • Philip Tibbetts, March Pursuivant Extraordinary and Flag Institute Communities Vexillologist
  • Graham Bartram, Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist

Day 2 featured two exclusive guided visits:

  • a morning tour of Trades House, led by Ian Robertson, Deacon Convenor of the Trades of Edinburgh
  • an afternoon tour of St Giles Cathedral’s fabulous Thistle Chapel and banners, led by Elizabeth Roads, Secretary of the Order of the Thistle.

Spring Conference 2023

Saturday 29 April 2023, Victory Services Club, London

  • Mick McTiernan, military historian, ‘Choosing a flag for the Cretan State’
  • Erik Nystul, Utah State Flag Task Force, ‘The new Utah State Flag’
  • Rachel Phelan, textile conservator, ‘Flying high at St Patricks. Conservation during Covid’
  • Dr Mario Jareb, Croatian Institute of History and Matica Hrvatska, ‘From Checkerboard to Tricolor: Development and Use of the Croatian Coat of Arms and Flag throughout the Centuries’
  • https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/flag-institute-spring-2023-conference-tickets-542987970637

AGM and Winter Conference 2022

Saturday 19 November 2022, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

Spring Conference 2022

Saturday 23 April 2022, David Game College, London.

AGM and Winter Conference 2021

Saturday 20 November 2021, People’s History Museum, Manchester