IHR privacy and cookies

This policy statement tells you what to expect when using our services. It sets out how we, ‘The Institute of Historical Research’ (IHR), will collect and treat your personal information when using our services.

Some services require registration. By registering with the IHR at the University of London (the University) you are giving consent to the University to use your personal information for the purposes set out below.

By continuing your navigation of this site, you are consenting to the School of Advanced Study collecting and using your information for the purposes stated below. For more details about our Privacy Policy please refer to the University of London's Privacy Information. 

The information we collect

The IHR may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:

  1. information about your computer and about your visits to and use of our websites. This data includes your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views, website navigation, and download activity from our websites;
  2. information provided by you to us for the purpose of registration. Registration requires that you provide us with your First Name; Surname; email address; and usually Professional Status; Country; and Institutional Affiliation;
  3. any other information that you choose to send to us.

We will not use this data for profit or disclose any information to third parties unless required to do so by law. The information is gathered purely for statistical and archival purposes. The only exception is the gathering of general statistics regarding user activity.  These statistics will not disclose private or specific information regarding individual users.

Use of Cookies by the IHR

What are cookies

Cookies are small text files used by a website to 'request' information from your website or mobile device browser, return the information to the website and then store the information. Cookies can be requested by any website and are placed on your device’s hard drive. Cookies allow the web application to tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

You can control cookies through your browser settings. Find out more about cookies and how to manage them on the Directgov website.

List of the main IHR Cookies

The following table explains which types of cookies we use and why we use them:




More information

Content Management System cookies



These cookies are set and used by our content management systems when you visit IHR websites. It is not used by the IHR for any other purpose.

We use Drupal 6 and 7 CMS (http://drupal.org). We have disabled the default Drupal anonymous session and has_js cookies where possible.

Learning Management System cookies


These cookies are set by the HistorySPOT and used to for single sign on and user session control between the Moodle LMS and Mahara sub-systems.

The History SPOT site uses the opensource systems Drupal, Moodle (http://moodle.org/) and Mahara (https://mahara.org/). See their sites for further details on each system’s cookie use.

xEvents events system session cookie


This cookie is set by the SAS xEvents system to manage your search/browse preferences.

The xEvents system stores your search preferences using this cookie. Default location and preferred distances are also stored to enable the xEvents system to provide localised and personalised event search results.

Wordpress blog System cookies


These cookies are set by the SAS Wordpress blog server, for logged in users and for commenters.


The IHR Blog and several of our event/project blogs run on Wordpress. See here for more information about Wordpress cookie usage.


Other/3rd party cookies

During your visit you may notice some cookies that are not related to the history.ac.uk or our other domain names. This happens when you visit a page with embedded content from a third party (for example live Twitter widgets, Vimeo or YouTube videos) or that uses buttons to allow sharing and linking to social networking sites (e.g. AddThis share links). These 3rd party websites might place cookies on your computer when you visit our sites. If you are worried about this we encourage you to check the third party websites’ privacy policies for more information about their cookies. We have endeavoured to provide links to these policies from this (our) policy document where possible.

Where we embed videos from YouTube we use YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player.




More information

Google Analytics (main IHR site, IHR events site, Wordpress blog site)


These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of and type of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

For full details of the Google Analytics privacy site visit http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/ analytics/privacyoverview.html

Twitter widgets and tweet buttons


These cookies are 3rd party and set by Twitter when we use the Twitter widgets and the ‘Tweet’ social bookmarking links.

For full details on the Twitter privacy and cookie policies visit http://twitter.com/privacy

Addthis.com social bookmark links service


On specific pages of our sites we include the AddThis social media sharing widgets.

We use the addthis.com service because it provided a widget option to disable its cookies. For full details of the AddThis privacy policy visit http://www.addthis.com/privacy

Opt out of tracking

Some of the 3rd party services we use provide their own opt-out functionality. These are generally accessible via the respective services’ own privacy policies, and we provide direct links to their opt-out pages here for convenience.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Most of our websites’ Google Analytics modules implement the Do Not Track header, so you can opt out of analytics tracking from our sites using this setting in your web browser if it supports it.

To opt out of being tracked by AddThis.com social links service visit http://www.addthis.com/privacy/opt-out.

Browser settings and plugins

Many browsers have free or open source plugins available to help you control and monitor your privacy and the cookies on your computer. There are literally hundreds of options, and we provide the following to help get you started controlling your privacy online:

Some browsers support the Do Not Track (DNT) header. Visit http://donottrack.us/ to check if your current browser supports DNT, and if so how to enable it.

Cookies Manager+ (for Firefox) allows view/deletion and blocking of specific cookies - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cookies-manager-plus/

Edit This Cookie (for Chrome) allows view/deletion and rule based blocking of specific cookies - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg.

Various Tracking Protection List (TPL) extensions are available (for Internet Explorer) online at http://www.iegallery.com/trackingprotectionlists

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites. Please remember that once you have followed these links to leave our site our privacy policy no longer applies.

Access to your information and contacting us

If you wish to see our records of any communications which you have sent to us, or if you have a query or complaint about this privacy policy or about the site you can contact us at ihr.webmaster@sas.ac.uk or by filling in our Contact form.

Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version in the About Us section on our website. Regularly reviewing this page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

Any changes and updates to the privacy policy will be announced through our News feeds.


Policy last updated:

  • 2012-05-17 – EU Cookie law update
  • 2012-10-04 – xEvents cookie information added
  • 2014-01-17 – SAS Wordpress blogs cookie information added