The National Banner Initiative is a partnership of fourteen institutions with significant collections of banners or a research interest in them. The People’s History Museum holds the National Banner Survey, an inventory of historic banners in UK museums, which was completed in 1999. The survey comprises 2,370 historic banners held in British museums, by other bodies and by individuals and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The main aims were to: establish the number of banners held in museum collections in the UK, assess the historical and aesthetic value of these banners, assess their condition and quality of storage, set up a national database of banners and improve the case for future care and storage of banners.
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