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We want to make your experience of this website easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on the device you are using, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as ‘cookies’. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services and ensure they work for you through:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast

Cookies for measuring user experience of our services and website performance

When you access our website, Web Trends and Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to enable us to deliver a service best suited to our users’ needs.

You can find a detailed breakdown of the cookies we use on The National Archives’ website.


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