Cookie Policy

What is a Cookie?

A “cookie” is a text file that websites send to a visitor’s computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify the visitor’s browser or to store information or settings in the browser. Cookies can be of two kinds: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies exist only for as long as your browser remains open. Once you close your browser, they are deleted. Persistent cookies, in contrast, last beyond each visit to the site and remain on your hard drive after you close your browser.

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How we use Cookies

The 1851 Royal Commission website uses analytic cookies that collect statistical information that is used in anonymised, aggregated form to help us understand how our website is being used.

Specifically, our website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies which are stored on your computer to analyse your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie regarding your use of this website will, as a rule, be transmitted to and stored on a server of Google in the US.

Google will use this information on our behalf to analyse your use of the website, to compile reports on website activities and provide additional services relating to website use and internet use to the website operator. The IP address collected through Google Analytics from your browser will not be merged with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

You may also prevent Google from collecting and storing information in cookies, from storing information about your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing such information by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link:

For more information about privacy policies and Google Analytics, please refer to the Google website:

Further information on Google’s Privacy Policy can be found under the address

Details of the specific cookies used are in the table below.




Cookie type and duration


Google Analytics

Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

HTTP / 2 years


Google Analytics

Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate

HTTP / 1 Day


Google Analytics

Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website

HTML / 1 Day

We do not use cookie data for advertising.

Third Party Cookies

Our website contains links to other websites for your convenience and information. These may include, for example, some of the YouTube or Vimeo videos you may access through this website. These websites are operated by companies not affiliated with us. Linked websites may have their own privacy policies, cookie policies and online tracking policies, which we strongly suggest you review if you choose to visit them. We are not responsible for the content of any linked websites that are not affiliated with the Commission, or the privacy practices of those websites.

Changes to cookies

We reserve the right to make changes to this Cookie Policy at any time and for any reason. We will alert you about any changes by updating the “Last Updated” date of this Cookie Policy. Any changes or modifications will be effective immediately upon posting the updated Cookie Policy on the website, and you waive the right to receive specific notice of each such change or modification.

You are encouraged to periodically review this Cookie Policy to stay informed of updates. You will be deemed to have been made aware of, will be subject to, and will be deemed to have accepted the changes in any revised Cookie Policy by your continued use of the website after the date such revised Cookie Policy is posted.

Control of cookies

Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. However, you can remove or reject cookies in your browser’s settings. Please be aware that such action could affect the availability and functionality of the website.

For more information on how to control cookies, check your browser or device’s settings for how you can control or reject cookies, or visit the following links:

Apple Safari
Google Chrome
Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Android (Chrome)
Iphone or Ipad (Chrome)
Iphone or Ipad (Safari)

Contact us

You can get in touch with us by mail, telephone or email using the details below:

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
453 Sherfield Building
Imperial College
London SW7 2AZ
020 7594 8790

Last updated 25 March 2021