Updated 18 March 2013

A cookie is a small text file stored on your computer or device which allows the website to store information about your visit.

Sir John Soane's Museum like the majority of websites on the internet uses cookies. For example all pages of this website store cookies in order to manage accessibility options for visually impaired users or if you are logged into our Media Centre. We also use Google Analytics to see how well our website is performing and what are the most popular items.

These cookies do not contain any personal data; they only serve to provide you with relevant content.

Some sections of this website may use cookies to store general information on your local computer, if for example you are logged in to the Media Centre. 

If you do not wish to accept cookies on to your device you can do so by altering the settings on your internet browser. provides a guide to how you can do this on the most commonly used browsers. Please note that if you do block cookies, some features of this website will not be available to you and some pages may not display properly.

The table below lists the cookies we use on this website split into 2 categories, Functional and User Experience.


exp_vo Stores accessibility preferences, such as text size and dyslexia friendly interface. 1 hour
exp_expiration Determines the length of the session for a logged in user. There are two options for this cookie: if the user has selected remember me then it is set to 1 year, and if not then it's set to the datetime that the user logged in. Used only for logged in members. 1 year
exp_sessionid A uniquely generated ID that helps identify logged in users. Used only for logged in members. 1 hour
exp_remember Determines whether a user’s username is displayed in a list of currently logged in members available to administrators only. Used only for logged in members. 1 year
soane_eu_notok To record if a visitor has arrived at the site but has not yet read the cookie notice. 1 hour
soane_eu_ok Records if a visitor has already seen our cookie notice. 1 year
RefererCookie Used by our online shop to see which page the user came from. 6 months
store_language Not currently in use but set by our online shop to store the user language. 1 year
xid_ee88c Used by our online shop to remember the user's shopping cart contents. when user closes the browser
xcart_scookie Used by our online shop to set if it should remember a users username. when user closes the browser
ckfinder_auth Used by our online shop to regulate if a user is allowed to upload images. when user closes the browser
Used by our online shop to allow to restore the user's context (store codes that allow the online shop to know where to redirerect the user after log-in, store some parameters for wishlist and special offers bonuses pages). 1 month

User Experience

__utma Google Analytics. To record the number of unique visitors to our site. This number is updated each time a page is viewed. 2 years
__utmb Google Analytics. To establish and maintain your user session on our site. 30 minutes
__utmc No longer used by Google Analytics. when user closes the browser
__utmz Google Analytics. To record your country/locality of origin when you visit our website, whether directly, via a referring link, via a search engine, or via a campaign such as an advert or an email link. We use this cookie to calculate search engine traffic, advert campaigns and page navigation within our site. This cookie is updated each time you visit a new page on our website. 6 months
exp_last_activity Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie. 1 year
exp_last_visit Date of the user's last visit. Can be shown as a statistic for members and for site administrators. 1 year
exp_tracker Contains the last 5 pages viewed. Typically used for form or error message returns. when user closes the browser