Terms of use

These terms constitute a legal agreement between you and Historic Royal Palaces. Please carefully read this agreement ('agreement') before continuing to use our website for searching or to download any image in low or hi-resolution.
If you do not agree to these terms, discontinue using the site.

Use of images on this website

1.   This website is owned and operated by Historic Royal Palaces. All the images and content displayed on this website, including images, text, features, software and logos (herein known as Content) is owned by Historic Royal Palaces, its affiliates, licensors and content providers.

2.    All Content on this site is protected by trademark, copyright, moral rights and under the laws of England relating to intellectual property rights of both Historic Royal Palaces and its licensors and content providers.

3.    You agree to indemnify Historic Royal Palaces, its subsidiaries, affiliates and licensors against any losses, expenses, costs or damages howsoever incurred by any or all of them as a result of your breach of these Terms of use or your unauthorised use of the Content and related rights.

4.    Images, other than comping images taken from this website, may only be used commercially once you have entered into a licence agreement and agreed to pay the respective licence fee. To obtain hi-resolution images for reproduction, you must submit an order for approval.

5.    Comping images may be used only for internal layouts for sample and proofing presentations to end clients. Historic Royal Palaces does not grant you any licence to use these images in any final materials distributed either internally or externally by yourself or your company, including any electronic or online system. Except for this limited use, Historic Royal Palaces grants no other rights, and you may not distribute, sub-licence or make available for use or distribution any comp images.

6.    Rights when granted are strictly limited to the use, period of time and territory specified on the invoice. Unless otherwise specified, all licences are for single edition, one-time, non-exclusive use. All reprints, further editions or reuse of the images in other projects require a new application and are not covered by the original payment.

7.    Rights may not be assigned, transferred or sub-licensed by the client without the prior written consent of Historic Royal Palaces.

8.    No adaptation, cropping, alteration or manipulation whatsoever of the image is permitted without the prior written consent of Historic Royal Palaces.

9.    Images cannot be used in any form of advertising without the prior written consent of Historic Royal Palaces.

10.  Images must not be used in a defamatory manner or presented in a misleading context. The client agrees to indemnify Historic Royal Palaces against damages as a result of unauthorised or defamatory use of its pictures.

11.  Historic Royal Palaces requires payment in advance for the supply of images and for reproduction fees, except in respect of on-account customers, for whom payment terms are strictly 30 days from the issue of the invoice.

12.  An invoice issued by Historic Royal Palaces does not constitute a licence to grant the rights specified until payment of this invoice in full has been received.

13.  Payment of the invoice does not entitle the client to retain the image. Images supplied by Historic Royal Palaces must not be copied, stored or transmitted. At the completion of the project, all images must be deleted or destroyed.

14.  Images may not be passed from one client to another, even within the same organisation, except by prior agreement with Historic Royal Palaces.

15.  Login details may not be passed from one client to another.

16.  Images supplied for use in digital media must be accompanied with a notice prohibiting the copying, distribution, transmission or storage of the images beyond the context of the specified licensed digital product. The product must be designed in such a way that users will not be allowed to alter, manipulate or adapt the images or extract or make copies of them. The client shall ensure that any third parties involved in the development or production of the digital content, including subcontractors, are bound by the terms of any licence granted by Historic Royal Palaces

17.  Historic Royal Palaces reserves the publication right in all the images made available through the Image Library, whether or not they have been previously published in any form.

18.  The client must credit all images © Historic Royal Palaces, unless otherwise indicated on the invoice, together with the photographer's credit when indicated. Images reproduced without a credit line will be charged at twice the standard rate.

19.  A complimentary copy of any published work in which an image supplied by Historic Royal Palaces is used, should be sent to us on publication or details (website address) of where pictures have been used digitally.

20.  While Historic Royal Palaces has taken reasonable care to identify, caption and orientate the images on this website, it does not accept any liability for loss or damage incurred by the client or third party caused by any errors connected therewith.

21.  Historic Royal Palaces gives no warranties whatsoever as to the existence of any Model or Property Release associated with the content.

22.  Historic Royal Palaces gives no warranties whatsoever as to the use of logos, names, trademarks, registered copyright, designs, works of art, works of architecture or people depicted in the content.

23.  You must satisfy yourself that all permissions, rights, and consents as may be required for commercial and non-commercial reproduction of the content (both print and digital) have been secured with all appropriate parties.

General terms

24.  Usage of this website does not constitute in any way any formal relationship, partnership or agency agreement unless agreed in writing between you and Historic Royal Palaces.

25.  When registering on our website, if you authorise us to send you promotional materials, we may from time to time send you, via email or via post to your registered address, promotional material or updates about the library and our collections. Should you not wish to receive this type of information, you are able to opt out during the registration process, or by contacting us to expressly inform us that you do not wish to receive such information.

26.  You are able to change your contact information at any time, by going to the 'My details' page.

27.  Under the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any information collected from you. As part of the delivery of services and information through this website it may be necessary to process personal information. This information can be held in manual files or on computer. Information collected by Historic Royal Palaces will be stored and processed in databases owned and controlled by Historic Royal Palaces. We will not provide any of your personal information obtained via the web to other companies or individuals unless required to by law.

28.  When users go to the images.hrp.org.uk website we place a reference text file called a "cookie" on your computer's internal hard drive. This is a unique reference ID which is stored in the browser directory that your browser uses to retrieve the website and information within it more efficiently if you are a regular user. It cannot be read or accessed by any website other than the website that set it up. We do not use cookies to monitor any users’ Internet usage outside of our own websites.


29.  The content of this website is provided on an "As Is" basis and Historic Royal Palaces excludes, to the fullest extent of the law and warranties (express or implied) without limitation any implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for purpose and merchantability.

30.  You, the user and not Historic Royal Palaces assume the entire cost of any and all necessary repair, correction or servicing due to your use of this website and the Content herein.

31.  Except as specifically stated in these Terms, the Privacy Policy, or elsewhere on this website, or as otherwise required by applicable law, neither Historic Royal Palaces nor its directors, employees, licensors, content providers, affiliates or other representatives will be liable for damages of any kind (including, without limitation, lost profits, direct, indirect, compensatory, consequential, exemplary, special, incidental, or punitive damages) arising out of your use of, your inability to use, or the performance of this website or the Content whether or not we have been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Governing law and jurisdiction

32.  This agreement is written under and governed by the recognized laws of England and Wales whose courts are the courts of exclusive jurisdiction.

33.  This agreement will not be governed by the United Nations Convention on contracts for the international sale of goods or any other similar convention or laws, the application of which are expressly excluded.

34.  Historic Royal Palaces reserve the rights to at any time and without notice, change these Terms of use, our Privacy Policy and contractual licence terms for the Content on our website.

35.  These Terms of use and those contained within our Privacy Policy constitute the entire agreement between you and Historic Royal Palaces relating to your use of our websites.

36.  No action of Historic Royal Palaces, other than those expressed in a written waiver or amendment may be construed as a waiver or amendment of any of these Terms of use and Privacy Policy.