How cookies are used on our website:

Cookies are files saved on your phone, tablet or computer when you visit a website. only uses essential cookies. These cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.



  • CookieControl

Cookie preference: This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on our website. Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user’s preference will be stored in this cookie.

Non-essential, analytical

  • _ga
  • _gat
  • _gid

Google Analytics: These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.

Non-essential, third-party

  • YSC
  • yt-remote-device-id
  • Yt-remote-connected-devices
  • yt.innertube::nextId
  • yt.innertube::requests

YouTube cookies: We use YouTube to embed videos on some pages of our website. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. Read more at YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

  • IDE
  • Test_cookie (connected to YouTube): The test_cookie is set by and is used to determine if the user’s browser supports cookies. The IDE cookie is used to link user activity when a user logs in to a Google account from multiple devices.

  • sb_csrftoken

Sketchfab: We use Sketchfab to embed sketches on some of our pages. You may see cookies from Sketchfab. For more information, read their privacy policy.

  • (Local Storage)

Soundcloud: We embed podcasts on some of our pages. The podcast files are stored on Soundcloud, a streaming service. You may see cookies from and additional cookies used by Soundcloud. For more information read about the Soundcloud cookie policy.

Third party websites

Please note that if you click through to a website that we have provided a link to, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has no control over the cookies set on these websites, so please see that organisation’s cookie policy and setting pages for details on how to manage their cookies.

How do I change my cookie settings?

You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the ‘C’ icon in the bottom left corner of your screen on our website. You can then adjust the available slider to ‘On’ or ‘Off’, then click ‘Save your preferred settings’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect.

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Mozilla Firefox

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Apple Safari

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