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Site Terms & Conditions of Use

This is ('the Site'), a website operated by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art ('PMC'), a company and a charity that is registered in the UK with Company Number 00983028 and Charity Number 313838 and with a registered address at 16 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA, United Kingdom. PMC's VAT Registration Number is 233 7581 58.

Your use of the Site is subject to the following Terms of Use, which you are deemed to accept by using the Site. These terms will apply to any use of the Site, whether as a guest or a registered user, and include accessing, browsing, or registering to use the Site.

Please read them carefully and make sure that you understand them before using the Site. If you refuse to accept these Terms of Use, you must not use the Site.

You may wish to print a copy of these Terms of Use or save them to your computer for future reference.

PMC may amend/vary these Terms of Use from time-to-time as set out in clause 12. Please check these Terms of Use regularly to ensure you understand the terms which will apply at that time. These Terms of Use are only in the English language.

1. Permitted uses

This Site is made available for limited non-commercial, educational and personal use only (for the avoidance of doubt, commercial use includes any use for-profit or for personal gain or commercial advantage, which is strictly prohibited). Nothing in these Terms of Use shall be construed as conferring any wider licence to reproduce any content included on the Site.

Subject to what is said below, material from this Site may be viewed, quoted from and printed, but only for non-commercial, educational and personal use.

2. Content/Copyright

PMC and other third party individuals and organisations own copyright and other intellectual property rights in the Site, its underlying databases and the material published on the Site. These rights are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved. The authors assert their moral rights in the Site.

You agree that you will comply with applicable copyright laws, regardless of jurisdiction. Without exclusion to the restrictions outlined at clause 4 below, you agree that you will not:

  • reproduce any of the images on the Site electronically, or in any other way not specifically permitted hereunder;
  • modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way; or
  • copy or distribute any material for any commercial or business purposes

In the event of any use of material in breach of these Terms of Use, your right to use the Site will cease immediately and you must, at the option of PMC, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

3. Use of this Site

You agree not to use the Site:

  • to create a database (electronic or otherwise) that includes material downloaded or otherwise obtained from the Site for commercial purposes;
  • to disseminate advertisements or for any other commercial purposes (which would include using the Site to promote or encourage the sale of your goods/services);
  • in such a way so as to remove the copyright or trade mark notice(s) from any material on this Site or any copies of any material made in accordance with these terms;
  • to disseminate any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising, promotional materials, 'junk mail,' 'spam,' 'chain letters,' 'pyramid schemes,' or any other form of solicitation;
  • to harm the Site or disseminate any material which is abusive, defamatory or obscene, may harass, offend or inconvenience any person, applauds, encourages or entices abuse, discrimination or criminal activity or which might restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of the Site by any person;
  • to disseminate any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programmes designed to interrupt, damage, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  • in any way that might infringe third party privacy or other rights including intellectual property rights;
  • in any way that is unlawful (including fraudulent) or that might bring the Site, PMC or any of its associates, subsidiaries or any contributors to the Site into disrepute; or
  • to post link(s) that take users to material that contravenes any of the above restrictions.

4. Limitation of Liability

To the extent permitted by law, PMC excludes all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to the Site or any content on it, whether express or implied.

Without exclusion, PMC and its employees will not be liable to any user for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

  • use of, or inability to use, the Site;
  • use of or reliance on any content displayed on the Site; or
  • any errors or omissions in the Site and/or its content.

Whilst PMC and its employees take every care to ensure that the information on this Site is accurate and clearly expressed, you acknowledge that information published on the Site may inadvertently contain inaccuracies or errors and PMC expressly excludes liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the full extent permitted by law.

PMC will not accept any liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.

This Site is made available for general information only and does not constitute professional or legal advice. The information on this Site does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of PMC or its employees and any use of the Site is entirely at your own risk. You are responsible for checking the accuracy of relevant facts, instructions, suggestions and/or opinions given on this Site before entering into any commitment based upon them.

5. Amendments to the Site

PMC reserves the right to change and alter the Site and its content at any time and without notification. However, please note that any of the content on the Site may be out of date at any given time, and PMC is under no obligation to update it.

6. Availability

Due to the inherent nature of the Internet, errors, interruptions and delays may occur in the service at any time. Accordingly, this Site is provided on an 'AS IS' and 'AS AVAILABLE' basis without any warranties of any kind and PMC does not accept any liability arising from any inaccuracy or omission in the information or interruption in availability.

PMC reserves absolutely the right to withdraw or suspend the Site where it deems this to be necessary without notice and will not be liable to you for such unavailability.

7. Linking to the Site

PMC welcomes 'hot links' to the home page of the Site provided that this is done in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage its reputation or take advantage of the Site. You may not display the contents of the Site (or any page from it) or allow such content to be displayed surrounded or framed by material not originating from PMC without the consent of PMC. Nor may you create a link to any part of the Site other than the home page without the prior written approval of PMC. PMC reserves the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

8. Links to other websites

On this Site you may be offered automatic links to other websites. Whilst PMC hopes you will be interested in those websites, you acknowledge that the content on those pages is not subject to the control of PMC, their owners may be independent from PMC and PMC does not endorse or accept any responsibility for their content.

9. Trade marks

No use of the name, logos and/or other trademarks of PMC (whether registered or unregistered) is to be made by you except for the purpose of referring to PMC or its associated brands lawfully and in good faith only.

10. Computer viruses

PMC will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that the Site does not contain or promulgate any viruses or other malicious code. However, it is recommended that you should virus check all materials downloaded from the Site and regularly check for the presence of viruses and other malicious code. PMC excludes to the fullest extent permitted by applicable laws, all liability in connection with any damage or loss caused by computer viruses or other malicious code originating or contracted from the Site.

11. Severability

Each of the paragraphs of these Terms of Use operates separately. In the event that any term of these Terms of Use is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of these Terms of Use shall remain valid and enforceable.

12. Variation of these Terms of Use

PMC reserves the right to vary these Terms of Use from time to time. Such variations become effective immediately upon the posting of the varied Terms of Use on the Site. By continuing to use the Site you will be deemed to accept such variations.

If, for any reason, PMC believes that you have not complied with any of these Terms of Use PMC may, at its sole discretion, cancel your access to the registration areas of the Site immediately and without giving you any advance notice.

13. Privacy Policy/Submitting Personal Information/Cookies

PMC is committed to protecting your privacy. The personal data (name, e-mail address and password) you provide on this Site will be held securely by PMC and only used to enable you to use the lightbox facility on this Site (to collect images in personal lightbox). If you choose to register a user name and password, you must treat such information as confidential. PMC has the right to disable any user identification code or password at any time if, in the reasonable opinion of PMC, you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these Terms of Use.

The full PMC Privacy Policy, which sets out the terms on which PMC will process any personal data it collects from you or that you provide to PMC, is available at By using the Site, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.

Please read Privacy Information And Cookies to understand how cookies are used by this site.

PMC takes all reasonable measures to prevent internet fraud and to ensure any data collected from you is stored as securely and safely as possible. However, PMC cannot be held liable in the extremely unlikely event of a breach in its secure computer servers.

14. Other important terms

Nothing in these Terms of Use shall restrict or exclude any liability that PMC has to any party which cannot be excluded by law. In particular, and notwithstanding any term of these Terms of Use, liability for death or personal injury caused by the negligence, fraud or negligent misrepresentation of PMC, or any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited by English law shall not be limited or excluded in any way.

If PMC fails to insist that you perform any of your obligations under these Terms of Use, or if it does not enforce its rights against you, or if it delays in doing so, that will not mean that PMC has waived its rights against you and will not mean that you do not have to comply with those obligations. If PMC does waive a default by you, it will only do so in writing, and that will not mean that PMC will automatically waive any later default by you.

These Terms of Use shall be governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales.