Privacy Policy

Privacy notice for December 2023

The Old Hastings Preservation Society and its affiliates take data security seriously. We do not sell, rent or trade the email lists we have. We will only use your email address in the way in which it was entrusted to us.

Who we are

Our website address is:

Old Hastings Preservation Society (OHPS) Hastings History House, 21 Courthouse Street, Hastings TN34 3AU 

Registered Charity Number 221623 Company Registration 611762

The OHPS administers the Hastings Fishermen’s Museum, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, TN34 3DW 

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

When someone visits we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site.

This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. 

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

If you chose to pay for goods in the Fishermen’s Museum or the History House  in person using cash, card or cheque, your payment details are not stored. If you call us  over the phone and give us your card details in order to make the purchase your card details are not written down, they’re put directly into the card machine which is treated as a transaction. we will then post you your transaction receipt and keep the merchant copy for at least 18 months in case of queries.

If you purchase goods using the online shop we use a secure PayPal gateway and the only information staff have access to is what’s needed to process the order such as name. address, telephone number and email address. These are stored for accounts purposes for a period of seven years and the information provided is used only for the one time purchase.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Any contact information provided by you will only be used for purpose for which the information was provided.