The Age of Victoria is a hobby podcast. It doesn’t exist to collect data or sell adverts. It is to give you a great podcast about Victorian history, plus special topics. There are no ads, I rely on listener reviews and donations, and the patience of my wife!

Still since GDPR, it is important that the little bit of personal information I might end up collecting is clear and transparent.

If you email me, I will have your email address and your name plus whatever you put in your email. I won’t be sharing this with anyone unless you ask, and it won’t be sold on to advertisers.

I don’t currently have an emailing list because I am focused on giving you great content in the show and that is more than enough.

One day I would love to have a membership system so that the show can be more fully supported. Donations go towards research materials and hosting.

A lot of what follows is from wordpress about how the site operates.

Who we are

Our website address is:

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.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you want to leave comments that nice. I love to hear from you.


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

I have not had the technical skills to do more than install the plugin that sends me an email via the contact form. The information on it is whatever you put on and send via Google, Apple or MySpace or whatever you cool kids are using these days to send your emails.


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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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.

I don’t put stuff from other sites on my site – you get original content here. Except for the jpegs of oil paintings, I’m not whipping out the brushes just to knock up a post photo.


The only analytics I have are


Visitor counts

Comment counts

Review counts from Apple (and don’t forget to leave a review if you enjoyed the show!)

Who we share your data with

I don’t. Easy. If Mr Zuckerberg ever offers to sponsor the show and post some adverts, you will all be told before I make that kind of change!!

If you email me with questions, I might want to address those in the show but I will ask you before I use your name or personal details. If you are unhappy with this, I will simply say “I’ve had an email from a listener who has asked….”

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 (that must be me then!) can also see and edit that information.

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.

Basically if you email me and ask for everything I have about you, I’ll certainly do my best to send it to you; it won’t be much though.

Where we send your data

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

Your contact information

I don’t share this with people unless you ask me to.

Additional information

Remember that at the end of the day this is a hobby podcast not a business. I’ve written this policy with that scale in mind. If the situation changed, I would revisit this policy and give you the appropriate warning.

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