Flagmakers would like to send a big thank you for the stunning book gifted to us by the Edinburgh Museum and Galleries. Still considering myself quite new to the flag and banner world, I felt a bit of history might help me learn more about Flagmakers and flag making past and present.
Hence I started searching for information on where it all began, with George Tutill. Luckily, I stumbled upon the Edinburgh Museums and Galleries collection. Sending a particular thank you to History Curator, Ms Garrington who very kindly replied to my request for help, and sent me my new bedtime reading!
The beautiful book features the 143 banners in the Museum collection, which date back to up to 1822. The majority of the selection of banners are the Trade Union banners which span almost 200 years. There is also an assortment of friendly society and political based banners.
George Tutill was particularly involved in the society and trade union banners. His business began in 1837 becoming a well-established and respected handmade sign and banner maker. Having evolved over the years we have heard stories of the bespoke banners turning up as far afield as Australia. Now much of Tutill’s original banners can be found in Museums and collections – with Edinburgh, The People’s Museum (Manchester) and the National Coal Mining Museum all holding a range of displayed banners.
Thank you once more to Ms Garrington and the Edinburgh Museum and Galleries for allowing us to see this wonderful imaged paperback book. Me and the team look forward to reading some of the finer details of the book and are hopeful we might even learn something new about our history and the innovator Mr Tutill himself. Best wishes to the Museum and we hope we may be able to return the favour one day soon.