Cookie Policy for www.nationalgallery.co.uk


This site uses cookies

You should be aware that when you use our websites, we may collect information by using 'cookies'.  Although cookies are nothing new, we now need to inform you that they are being used and why (i.e. which cookies are used and their function) and whether they are essential.

What are cookies and how do they work?

Cookies are small text files that help us make your experience on our website better.  Your browser sends these cookies back to the website every time you visit the site again, so it can recognise you and can then tailor what you see on the screen.

Cookies are required to provide the required service and experience.

Essential / Strictly Necessary Cookies

Some cookies are essential so you can move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies, services you've asked for can't be provided. These cookies don't gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet. If you don’t want us to use cookies, some parts of the site will not work.

Examples of essential cookies

  • When you add something to the online shopping basket, cookies make sure it's still there when you get to the checkout.
  • Keeping you logged in during your visit; without cookies you might have to log in on every page you go to.
  • Some are session cookies which make it possible to navigate through the website smoothly. However these are automatically deleted after you close your web browser.

Functionality Cookies

Other cookies are non-essential but vital to improving your experience on our websites. These functionality cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience. By using the website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Examples of functional cookies used to improve website experience

  • Showing ‘recently viewed’ links that are relevant to the page or product  you're looking at
  • Remembering if you've filled in a survey, so you're not asked to do it again.
  • Enabling social media components, like Facebook or Twitter.

Performance Cookies (for Analytics)

These cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited. By using the Website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

In order to help us keep our website content relevant and up to date, we like to keep track of what pages and links are not only popular and performing well but also those that aren’t so we can make improvements. It's also very useful to be able to identify trends of how people find their way through our site.

Analytics cookies are used to gather this information. These cookies don't collect information that identifies you. The information collected is anonymous and is grouped with the information from everyone else’s cookies. We can then see the overall patterns of usage rather than any one person’s activity. Analytics cookies only record activity on the site you are on and they are only used to improve how a website works.

We also work with affiliate networks that use 'affiliate' cookies. If you follow a link on one of our affiliate’s website and then buy something from our website, a cookie is sometimes used to tell our affiliate that a successful sale as occurred. We then pay them a small amount for the successful referral. This works using a cookie.

Some of our webpages and emails you get from us may also contain small invisible images known as 'tracking pixels'. These are used to count the number of times the page or email has been viewed and allows us to measure the effectiveness. These are also anonymous and don't contain or collect any information that identifies you.

List of the main cookies on nationalgallery.co.uk

This is a list of the main cookies set by our website, and what each is used for.

Cookie Name Purpose
JSESSIONID This cookie is used to identify you as a user between page loads. This allows us to remember certain settings, like which part of the website you were using before you were asked to sign in or register. This cookie is destroyed each time you close your browser.

Third Party Cookies on nationalgallery.co.uk

We use a number of suppliers who also set cookies on our website on its behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see their individual privacy policies listed below.

Cookie Name Description
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Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of our website and compile reports for us on activity.

Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the News App, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

How to reject or delete these cookies

http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html
Facebook Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends.

Facebook’s social plugin the ‘LIKE’ button is embedded into most of the pages on our website. There are several cookies coming from Facebook, while we are unable to list all of them, we can confirm the domain is “facebook.com” for all of them.

For more information, visit Facebook’s Cookie Policy

Cookies set by Third Party sites

We sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as YouTube. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from, for example YouTube, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that this website now carries embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through a number of popular social networks. These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of this website. We recommend you leave them turned on. For example, if you block or otherwise reject cookies you will not be able to add items to your Shopping Basket.

There are a number of suppliers who also set cookies on this website on our behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see sections above.