Cookie Policy

This website site, like many others, uses small files called cookies to help us to understand how visitors use the site, and to provide our visitors with a good user experience. Find out more about cookies and how you can control them.

What are cookies?

'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari) on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. They allow websites to store things like user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a 'memory' for the website, so that it can recognise you when you come back and respond appropriately.

How does this website use cookies?

This website uses two types of cookie:

  1. Site performance cookies
  2. Anonymous analytics cookies

Site performance cookies

This type of cookie remembers your preferences for tools found on the website. This site sets two cookies of this type:

  • language - this cookie remembers the user's chosen language for future site browsing.
  • has-js - this cookie is used to indicate whether or not your browser has javascript enabled. Javascript is used to animate certain parts of the website, for example the slideshow on the home page, and the cookie information popup.
  • cookie-agreed-en - this cookie remembers if you have already read the cookie information popup so that it is not shown to you every time you visit the site.

Anonymous analytics cookies

We use Google Analytics to analyse the traffic to this website. Every time someone visits the site, Google generates 'anonymous analytics cookies'. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you don't, we generate new ones. This allows us to gather statistics about the number of visitors we have, how often they visit the site, and which pages are most popular. These cookies are anonymous, which means that they cannot be used to identify you.

Opting out of Google Analytics

Even though the data gathered by Google Analytics is anonymous and cannot be used to identify you, you can if you wish opt out of all Google Analytics tracking on all websites by installing Google's Opt-Out browser plugin, which you can find here. For even greater control over your browsing privacy you can install a privacy tool such as Ghostery.

Disabling cookies

It is possible to disable cookies for all websites or for selected individual websites. All modern browsers allow you to do this by changing your cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS.

However, If you do decide to disable cookies you may find that some websites do not work properly because they depend on certain essential cookies.