Any use of this site constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions that take effect on the date you first use the site. The World Around Us reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time by posting changes online.

If these Terms and Conditions are not accepted in full, you do not have permission to access the contents of this website and therefore should cease using this website immediately.

In accessing The World Around Us webpages, you agree to access the contents solely for private study, non-commercial research or teaching purposes. The copyright and other intellectual property rights of this site are either owned or licensed to us and you agree, therefore, to check the copyright status of any material that you might wish to use (see Further Resources & Acknowledgements). The credit details and the web address of this site should be included in any copies made for the above purposes and not for any commercial or public use.

Except as permitted above, you undertake not to copy, store in any medium (including in any other website), distribute, transmit, re-transmit, broadcast, modify, or show in public any part of The World Around Us website without the prior written permission or in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and its successors.

Links to other websites are provided for your convenience to provide further information. This does not signify that The World Around Us endorses these websites or accepts any responsibility for the content of these linked websites.

You agree to use this site only for lawful purposes, and in a manner which does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of this site by any third party. Such restriction or inhibition includes, without limitation, conduct which is unlawful, or which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person; the transmission of obscene or offensive content; or the disruption of normal flow of dialogue within this site.

This site and the information, names, images, pictures, logos and icons relating to it (or to any third party) is provided on an “AS IS” basis without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

In no event will The World Around Us be liable for any damages including, without limitation, direct, special, indirect or consequential, or any damages arising from use or loss of use, loss of data, or loss of profits, whether contract, tort (including negligence), arising out of or in connection with the use of the site. The World Around Us does not warrant that the functions contained in the material in this site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs or represents the full functionality, accuracy, reliability of the materials.

If there is any conflict between these Terms and Conditions and/or specific terms appearing elsewhere on this site relating to specific material then the latter shall prevail.

If any of these Terms and Conditions should be determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which these Terms and Conditions are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within the jurisdiction which that Term or Condition is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from this clause and the remaining terms and conditions shall survive, remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding and enforceable.

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. All disputes shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Cookies & Privacy Policy

We respect the privacy of every individual who visits the World Around Us website. We do not collect personal information. If you email or otherwise provide us with personal information we will not pass on your details to any third party unless you give us permission to do so, or we are obliged by law to disclose it.

We do monitor user sessions with Google Analytics and collect information about the way the site is being used. This is done with ‘cookies’, small text files, which are placed on your computer. These help us keep track of how the site is used: whether this is a first or return visit; which pages are visited and from this the popularity of pages; the browsers being used and other details which help us maintain a continuing programme of improvement and generally assist in the administration of the website. This information is used statistically and does not involve the collection or storage of personal information.

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We wish to make the information on this website accessible to everyone.

Web standards

This site has been designed with usability and accessibility in mind and conforms to relevant technical standards and recommendations, including Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, the World-Wide Web Consortium’s standards for XHTML and CSS level 2.

Text size

Most internet browsers allow you to change the size of the text on the screen. This site has been designed to work with these features. If you have a wheel on your mouse you may be able to change the text size by rolling the wheel and holding the Ctrl key on your keyboard. Otherwise follow instructions given with any of the following browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer; Apple Safari; Google Chrome; Mozilla Firefox; Opera.


The site is accessed though live icons and headings. Access to any topic can normally be achieved by not more than three keystrokes. If difficulties are being experienced in finding or accessing a particular item on the site, please use the side menu which effectively provides a map of the site.

Although the site is heavily dependent on graphics, provision has been made for text descriptors of the illustrations. Appropriate and contrasting colours have been used to facilitate legibility and those with colour blindness.


The Tab key can be used to navigate to links. The inclusion of third party sites is for convenience and does not imply endorsement or liability for their content. You can return to the first link by pressing the Alt Gr key and the Tab key together.


We take reasonable care to ensure that the information appearing on this site is accurate and up-to-date. Much of it is derived from other sources and, because of the nature of scientific and historical enquiry, may be subject to new interpretation. However, we would be grateful if any errors could be reported to us (see About Us).