Skip to main content Skip to main navigation

Cookies

Cookies are small text files that websites save to your computer to remember which pages your device has visited and sometimes what actions you took while on the page.

Why are cookies used?

In some cases the site would not work without cookies, for example where you have to log on to an account or complete a multi-page form. In other cases cookies can be used to personalise your experience, for example not showing the same advert over and over again. In still other cases, they are used to help the people looking after the website to understand how it is being used so they can constantly improve it.

Other methods are available besides cookies for websites to store information on your browser. Currently The Novium Museum does not use any of these other methods. In this page the word "cookie" should be taken to include all such methods.

For more information, visit the  Information Commissioner's Office webpage  on cookies.

Types of cookies

Session cookies

These cookies are used by our site to link the actions of a user between webpages, they're often used for tracking things such as what has been put in your shopping basket as you browse, for security when using online banking, and for collecting anonymous information to use in analytics. These cookies are deleted at the end of your session, when you close your internet browser.

Persistent cookies

These cookies on the other hand, remain on your computer for far longer as they are not deleted when the browser session ends, they generally remain for between 24 hours and 1 month, but some can last much longer. These are often used to remember a user's preferences or to target advertising.

First and Third party cookies

These refer to the website who places the cookie; 

  • First party cookies are set by the operator of the website that the user is visiting.
  • Third party cookies are set by a domain other than the one that the user is visiting, often these relate to embedded content such as videos or social media posts.

What are the regulations about cookies?

Since May 2018, all websites operating within the EU have been required to obtain your consent to save cookies on your device. This website, in common with most others, uses "implied consent", which the regulations allow. This means we show you a clearly worded and visible notice requesting your consent but pointing out that we will assume we have your consent if you ignore it. We stop showing you this notice after you consent or after you have seen it and ignored it three times. If you do not consent, please view futher information on how to manage your cookies.

Why are people concerned about cookies?

When you visit a website, cookies can be set by the owner of the site but also by other content providers whose information is included. Some of those providers may track your activities from site to site in order to build up a picture of your interests and, for example, customise advertisements you are shown. Some people regard this as a benefit; others regard it as an intrusion on privacy.

How does The Novium Museum use cookies?

Some cookies are essential to the working of the site, for example linking your log-in with the information you have entered on forms. Most of these are deleted as soon as you close your browser. Others last for longer so you can carry on filling in information when you return.

Cookies are also used to improve your visit to the site, for example by remembering map searches you have or the last advert you saw so we can show you a new one each time.

We also use Google Analytics cookies to gather statistical data about which pages are most visited and how people use the site. This helps us make the site more effective but you should know that information gathered this way is processed by Google and we have no control over how else it might be used.

Service provider cookies

The Novium Museum uses other providers to deliver services. When you visit those providers' websites and they collect information from you on our behalf, the information passed back to us is subject to our privacy policy but the process of gathering it will also be subject to their own privacy and cookie policies. They will set cookies for the same reasons we do.

The service providers we currently use are:

Note that we do not allow advertisers on our site to set cookies. For further information please visit our service provider websites.

How to manage your cookies

There are various ways in which you can control which cookies are sent to your device. The settings in your web browser will usually allow you to:

  • delete all cookies;
  • block all cookies;
  • allow all cookies;
  • block 'third-party' cookies (ie, cookies set by online services other than the one you are visiting);
  • clear all cookies when you close the browser;
  • open a 'private browsing' / 'incognito' session, which allows you to browse the web without recording your browsing history or storing local data such as cookies (you should however be aware of the limitations of this feature in a privacy context); and
  • install add-ons and plugins that extend browser functionality.

How cookies are used on our website

Google analytics

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use our website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements, for example improving site search.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on our website.
  • how long you spend on each website page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you're visiting the site

We do not collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information can't be used to identify who you are.

google analytics cookies used on our website
NamePurposeExpires
_gaGoogle analytics - used to distinguish users. 2 years
_gatGoogle analytics - used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager1 minute
_gidGoogle analytics - used to distinguish users.24 hours

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies .

Our website banner and alert boxes

We might display a message on all  pages to tell you about an important event or situation. We'll save a cookie that will let us know how many times you've seen it, or if you've dismissed it.

Alert cookies used on our website
NamePurposeExpires
Chichester_Cookie_ConsentDisplays the cookie notice and removes it if closedAfter 6 months

Shopify

Our Shopify store uses cookies for;

  • managing the merchant storefront;
  • reporting and analytics purposes, and;
  • displaying social media & content

Please visit the Shopify cookies policy  for futher information on the cookies we use.