Terms of use


Access to, and use of, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s (NMMC) Website is provided subject to the following terms and conditions. Please read these terms carefully as your access to and use of the NMMC Website will be deemed as acceptance by you of the terms of use.

Unauthorized attempts to deny service, upload information, change information or to attempt to access non-public data from this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable to the full extent of the law of England and Wales. Internet websites normally qualify for copyright protection and probably Database Right protection under UK law.

Each individual page is considered as a broadcast. In addition, any attempt to mount this material on another website will be considered an act of communicating the Content to the public without the consent of the copyright owner which will infringe the Right of Communication to the Public.

Database Right will also be an issue as the site itself constitutes a database regardless of the status of the individual items incorporated in it. Copyright in a broadcast Web page covers the signal sent, whereas copyright and database right cover the contents, so copyright would be infringed by:

  • copying of screen pages onto a computer
  • photographing multiple pages from the screen
  • showing screen pages in public to a paying audience
  • including screen pages on another website

Non-permitted use

Other than as expressly permitted by these terms of use, you may not copy, download, reproduce, publish, republish, post, transmit, modify, adapt, translate, manipulate, add to, delete from, adapt, distribute or otherwise use any Content in whole or in part, in any medium without the NMMC Website’s prior written permission or without the written permission of the relevant copyright holder.

In addition, users shall not be entitled to reproduce Content (or any part thereof) without any identification mark or other mark of origin relating hitherto. No Content, or any part thereof, may be permanently copied or reproduced in any form or reproduced on any other system or website, or stored in or transmitted to or from any other electronic or digital from in whole or in part.

The NMMC reserves the right to require the removal of any link established by a third party between the Website and any third party website.

Third party copyright

From time to time the Content may include certain third party materials for which the copyright is not owned by the NMMC. You may not print (or otherwise store in any permanent form) any items which state that copyright is not held by NMMC.

Permitted use

Access to and use of the Website is permitted only by individuals for personal and/or educational use or non-commercial purposes. Subject to certain limitations there is no infringement by ‘fair dealing’, e.g. using material for research (non-commercial) or private study, criticism or for news and current affairs.

You may access and download the Content and store a copy on a temporary basis for the sole purpose of viewing such Content without alteration or addition. You may print any Content (other than third party copyright) in whole or in part provided that such reproduction is to be used for personal and educational purposes only.

Public Records/Crown Copyright

Any public record (e.g. ration books, discharge papers, official documents), published or unpublished, that is available to the public, can be copied and supplied without infringing copyright. This includes material in public record repositories such as The National Archives (formerly the Public Record Office) and designated places of deposit for public records (such as archives). Items can include census returns, deposited plans, tithe maps and apportionments.

There are no problems with using such material that is still in copyright as long as acknowledgements are made. If using personal documents which happen to be held by the The National Archives but not of Crown copyright e.g. personal letters between a sailor and his wife, personal diary entries of a naval officer, permission must be sought from The National Archives.

Probate material post-1858 and pre-1858 material that was administered by ecclesiastical courts is also covered by Crown copyright, as are medical records created by the National Health Service and predecessor bodies up to 1990. For medical records created from 1990 onwards copyright rests with the individual bodies (such as Health Trusts).

Hyperlinking policy

You do not have to ask permission to link to the NMMC Website as long as it is a link directly to our homepage. It is the responsibility of the linking site to direct the users to read and understand the conditions of use information on our Website, before entering the site. However we do not permit our pages to be loaded into frames on your site.

The NMMC page must load into the user?s entire window. The NMMC does not sponsor, endorse or otherwise approve of any information or statements appearing in any website which may be linked to the Website (nor in sites referred to in or linked to such websites). Listings should not be taken as endorsement of any kind.

We are not responsible for the content or reliability of linked websites. We cannot guarantee that these links will work at all time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.

Copyright infringement

We have put in place technical solutions to track and trace all copyright infringement of this Website. All instances of infringement will be pursued.

Refund policy

Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged, refunded or returned.