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What are cookies?

To make this site simpler, we sometimes place small data files on your computer while you browse. These are known as cookies. Most big websites do this too.

Why use cookies?

Cookies improve things by:

  • measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs
  • remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • tracking the effectiveness of our content

Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re just here to make the site work better for you. Indeed, you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit Or please read on to find out more about how and where we use cookies.

How we use cookies

Measuring website usage

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.

The cookies collect information such as the number of visitors to the site, which pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (eg your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are placed on your computer by Google Analytics:

 Cookie  ID  Typical  content  Expires  Type  What it does
 _utma  Randomly  generated  number  After 2 years  First  party  Keeps track of the number of times you visit the  site, when your first and last visit occurred
 _utmb  Randomly  generated  number  After 30 minutes  First  party  Records the time you arrive at the site
 _utmc  Randomly  generated  number  As soon as you  close your  browser  window  First  party  Records the time you leave the site
 _utmz  Randomly  generated  number  After 6 months  First  party  Tracks which site you came from, which search  engine you used, which link you clicked, which  keyword you used, and where in the world you  are

For more information about Google Analytics visit Google Analytics website.

Tracking Social Sharing

The AddThis service allows you to share a webpage with social sites such as Twitter and Facebook, save it to your browser bookmarks, or send it to a friend via email.

AddThis places cookies on your machine to track the usage of their service, so we can see how people are using and sharing our content. It is the world’s largest content sharing platform and is used by many sites.

AddThis is owned and operated by Clearspring Technologies, who offer an opt-out service should you wish them to stop collecting non-personally identifiable information about you.

The following cookies are placed on your computer by AddThis:

 Cookie  ID  Typical  content  Expires  Type  What it does
 di  Randomly generated  number  After 2 years  Third  party  Determines expiration of other  cookies
 dt  Randomly generated  number  After 2 years  Third  party  Determines expiration of other  cookies
 loc  Country code and  randomly generated  letters and numbers  After 30 days  Third  party  Identifies your rough location
 psc  Randomly generated  number  After 2 years  Third  party  Counts number of views of this  page
 ssc  Randomly generated  number  As soon as you  close your browser  window  Third  party  Records the time you leave the  site
 ssh/sshs  Your preferences  After 2 years  Third  party  Configures your preferences according to changes to settings you make
 uid  Randomly generated  letters and numbers  After 30 days  Third  party  Tracks an anonymised user ID  and log-in time
 uvc  Randomly generated  letters and numbers  Expires  Third  party  Tracks usage of the social  sharing buttons at the bottom  of each page

Leaving Comments

We use the WordPress blogging platform for our Gallery blog. You can leave comments about the posts we write, and when you do, WordPress stores some information so you don’t have to write them all out again.

The following cookies are placed on your machine to allow you to leave comments:

 Cookie ID  Cookie  name  Typical  content  Expires  Type  What it does
 comment_author  Wordpress  User  name  entered  A little  under 1  year  First  party  Remembers your name so  you don’t have to re-type it  when you leave another  comment
 comment_author_email  Wordpress  Email  address  entered  A little  under 1  year  First  party  Remembers your email  address so you don’t have  to re-type it when you leave  another comment
 comment_author_url  Wordpress  Website  URL  entered  A little  under 1  year  First  party  Remembers your website  URL so you don’t have to  re- type it when you leave  another comment
 wordpress_test_cookie  Wordpress  WP+Cookie
 As soon  as you  close  your  browser  window  First  party  Determines whether you  have cookies enabled or not
 wordpress_logged_in  Wordpress  Y or N  A little  under 1  year  First  party  Determines whether you are  logged in or not

Logging in – Courtauld Staff and Students only

The intranet and some pages on the VLE are not publicly viewable, and can only be used by current Courtauld staff and students. As such they require a log-in, which is stored using a cookie on your machine.

The following cookies are placed on your machine to allow you to log-in:

 Cookie ID  Cookie  name  Typical  content  Expires  Type  What it does
 MOODLEID_  Moodle  Sign-in  User name  After 2  months  First  party  Remembers your VLE username in  the browser

Other third-party cookies

If you already use social media platforms, they might set cookies on your machine as you use our website. Data can then be collected by these companies that enables them to serve up adverts on other sites that they think are relevent to your interests.

Twitter Cookies: ab_sess_search_relevance_ranked_hits_189, dnt, t1, auth_token_session, secure_session, twll, twid, ab_sess_wtf_user_to_user_rec_155, ab_sess_search_relevance_social_167, ab_sess_t1_actions_156, _twitter_sess, _twitter_sess, ab_sess_activity_ddg_126, ab_sess_activity_up_top_98, ab_sess_promoted_arrows_and_pills_78, ab_sess_Relevance_V1-49, _sm_au_d, auth_token, external_referer, guest_id, k, lang, original_referer, pid

Facebook Cookies: lu, L, L, datr, e, c_user, c_user, presence, sct, sct, _sm_au_d, act, _e_bWDI_21, _e_bWDI_22, _e_bWDI_23, _e_bWDI_24, _e_CTMK_0, _e_CTMK_1, _e_CTMK_2, _e_e6Yv_0, _e_e6Yv_1, _e_e6Yv_2, _e_0ITr_10, wd, x-referer, xs, xs, reg_ext_ref, reg_fb_gate, reg_fb_ref, reg_ext_ref, reg_fb_gate, reg_fb_ref

Google Cookies: PP_TOS_ACK, IGTP, NID, ULS, OTZ, APISID, SAPISID, SSID, _sm_au_d, S, S_awfe, SID, SS, W6D, BEAT, HSID, PREF?

Microsoft Cookies: MC1, WT_FPC

Contacting us

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