We care that you trust us with your data privacy when you get in touch or look at our website and we are committed compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. This Privacy Policy is intended to explain what information we collect about you, why we collect it and what we do with it and applies to information held about clients and prospective clients, suppliers and prospective suppliers, contacts and all other persons about whom Houlston UK Limited holds information.

By “information” and “data”, we mean personal information about you that we collect, use, share and store, and this means any information that identifies you directly or indirectly, including, without limitation, by reference to your name, e-mail address, login ID and other contact or location data or to one of more factors specific to your physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity, that you voluntarily transmit with your communication to us.

In this policy, “Houlston”, “we,” “us,” and “our” means Houlston UK Limited (trading as Houlston), a company registered in England and Wales number 12543338, registered office The Zinc Building, Ventura Park, Broadshires Way, Carterton, United Kingdom, OX18 1AD, and “you” means the individual to whom the information relates. We are the data controller and we operate our website (our site).


We may collect and store the following types of information about you when you use our site or by corresponding with us (for example, by e-mail). This includes information you provide when registering to use our sites or sharing any data via our social media functions. The information given to us may include:

  • Identity information - your name, username, and title;
  • Contact information such as your billing address, delivery address, email address, telephone numbers, and social media addresses;
  • Transactional history with us and your payment details / financial data i.e. your bank name, account number and sort code (encrypted);
  • Technical data when using or browsing our site, your IP address, your browser type and language, time zone setting and location;
  • Information related to your attendance of, and interest in, Houlston UK Limited events and art and antiques fairs;
  • Information about you that you give us in person at our events and at fairs, by filling in forms on our site (our site) (e.g. the contact us section or to sign up to our mailing list) or by corresponding with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise;
  • Information in relation to your purchase of our products, antiques or use of our services;
  • Profile data from feedback and survey responses, and
  • Marketing and communications data – your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences


You may give us your information by telling us, filling in forms on our site or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email, on social media or howsoever otherwise.


Our processing of your personal information is necessary (i) for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by us; (ii) in order to comply with a legal obligation to which we are subject; or (iii) for the performance of contracts to which you will be a party to and in order to take steps at your request prior to you entering into those contracts.

In relation to any processing of special categories of personal data, we will generally rely on obtaining specific consent from you at the time unless there is otherwise a legal requirement for us to process such information.


Where our processing is based on grounds of legitimate interests these are:

  • collecting personal information to provide you with a smooth and efficient client experience; running our business;
  • to make sure you receive updated information on Houlston activities;
  • to provide the services you have requested, and
  • for our own marketing, research and development.


We use your information to:

  • provide information about our antiques, products and services to you;
  • keep you informed about antiques, products and events that we think you may find interesting;
  • carry out our obligations arising from any agreements entered into between you and us;
  • communicate with you;
  • administer our site and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes;
  • keep our site safe and secure;
  • comply with legal and regulatory obligations; and
  • for security and to check your identity.

Will we share your information with third parties? Except as expressly set out in this policy we will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.

The personal information you provide to us may be shared with the following categories of companies if this is necessary to provide you with our antiques, products or services, respond to your inquiries or for any of the purposes described in this policy:

  • third party companies;
  • agents;
  • contractors;
  • service providers; or
  • affiliated companies.

We may also share your personal information with law enforcement agencies, other governmental agencies or third parties if we are required by law to do so; and other business entities should we plan to merge with or be acquired by that business entity, or if we undergo a re-organisation with that entity.


At any time, you have the right:

  • to request access to or a copy of any personal data which we hold about you;
  • to rectification of your personal data, if you consider that the information we are holding is inaccurate;
  • to ask us to erase your personal data, if you consider that we do not have the right to hold it;
  • to withdraw consent to our processing of your personal data (to the extent such processing is based on previously obtained consent);
  • to ask us to stop or start sending you marketing messages as described below in the marketing section;
  • to restrict processing of your personal data;
  • to data portability (moving some of your personal data elsewhere) in certain circumstances;
  • to object to your personal data being processed in certain circumstances; and
  • to not be subject to a decision based on automated processing and to have safeguards put in place if you are being profiled based on your personal data.

Any request from you for access to or a copy of your personal data must be in writing and we will endeavour to respond within a reasonable period and in any event within one month in compliance with data protection legislation. We will comply with our legal obligations as regards your rights as a data subject.

We aim to ensure that the information we hold about you is accurate at all times. To assist us in ensuring that your information is up to date, do let us know if any of your personal details change at the following email address:


Where you are one of our clients or have otherwise agreed to be contacted for marketing we may use your personal information to send you information about our antiques, products, or events. You can stop receiving marketing messages from us at any time by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any email we send you where it appears, or where it does not, by emailing

You also have the option of "unsubscribing" from our mailing list at any time thereby disabling any further such e-mail or other communication from being sent to you by emailing We will action any opt out request from you without delay.


We will only keep the information we collect about you for as long as required for the purposes set out above or as required to comply with any legal obligations to which we are subject. This will involve us periodically reviewing our files to check that information is accurate, up-to-date and still required. Where we are permitted to send you direct marketing communications, we may retain your contact information necessary for this purpose, for as long as you do not unsubscribe from receiving the same from us. If you opt out from marketing, we will retain only enough information to enable us to respect your wishes not to be contacted for marketing purposes.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is safe and we keep it securely on a database at our office in Upper Rissington. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures in place to safeguard the information we collect online.

The information that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the United Kingdom or European Economic Area, (EEA). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the United Kingdom or European Economic Area who work for us, or for one of our service providers. When we, or our permitted third parties, transfer your information outside the United Kingdom or European Economic Area, we or they will impose obligations on the recipients of that data to protect your information to the standard required in the United Kingdom or European Economic Area or otherwise require the recipient to subscribe to international frameworks intended to enable secure data sharing. In the case of transfers by us, we may also transfer your information where: (i) the transfer is to a country deemed to provide adequate protection of your information by the Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom or the European Commission; or (ii) where you have consented to the transfer.


A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. The "Help" or "Internet Settings" functions within your browser should tell you how. Please be aware that that if you select to refuse or restrict cookies you may be unable to access certain parts of our site. You can find more information about cookies at We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our site in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes; these cookies cannot be used to identify individuals.


Our site may contain links to other websites, including via our social media buttons. While we try to link only to websites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, we are not responsible for the content, security, or privacy practices employed by other websites and a link does not constitute an endorsement of that website. Once you link to another website from our Site you are subject to the terms and conditions of that website, including, but not limited to, its internet privacy policy and practices. Please check these policies before you submit any data to these websites.


Questions, comments and requests regarding this policy are welcomed and should be addressed to For more information see If you have any concerns about our use of your information, you also have the right (as a UK resident) to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office, which regulates and supervises the use of personal data in the UK, via their helpline on 0303 123 1113 or in writing to:

  • Information Commissioner’s Office
  • Wycliffe House
  • Water Lane
  • Wilmslow
  • Cheshire
  • SK9 5AF


Our website is not intended for children under the age of 16 and we do not knowingly collect any information on children under 16 years of age. If you have reason to believe a child under the age of 16 has provided personal information to us we will undertake to delete these details when a parent or legal guardian notifies us that any such details have been obtained. Please email us at, or write to us at Cotswold Business Centre, 2 A P Ellis Road, Upper Rissington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 2QB.


Any changes we make to our policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our policy.

This policy was last updated on 17.4.2021.