Founded in 1971, the Flag Institute is a UK charity working to promote interest in all aspects of flags and flag flying (vexillology); to foster knowledge and understanding; and to offer a unique free source of expert advice, information and comment. Membership is open to all. JOIN TODAY and find out more!
William Crampton Library
Located in Kingston-upon-Hull’s historic Museum Quarter, the William Crampton Library is the Flag Institute’s unique research and documentation centre – the largest in the world outside the USA. The collection includes thousands of books on flags and flag-related topics, vexillological journals from around the world, images, newspaper and magazine articles, correspondence, flag specifications, original design work, private research collections, badges, ephemera, posters, wallcharts and flags – with every item available on site.
The William Crampton Library is also a living collection – professionally curated, catalogued and indexed, and regularly enriched by new items identified via a systematic review of flag publishing, and acquired by exchange, donation, purchase and download.
The Flag Institute Librarian, Ian Sumner FFIAV FFI, welcomes visitors and enquiries from individuals and organisations worldwide: Flag Institute members; fellow vexillologists; flagmakers; schools; academics; publishers; film, TV, theatre and other media companies; government – local and national; diplomatic services; community groups; sports clubs and governing bodies; historic houses; visitor attractions and more.
For more information, to make an enquiry, or to arrange a visit to the William Crampton Library, please contact the Flag Institute Librarian.