National Gallery Bans Selfie Sticks

11 March 2015, 11:21 | Updated: 11 March 2015, 11:23

The National Gallery has confirmed it is banning the use of selfie sticks.

It says visitors will not be able to use the gadgets at the central London venue because they fall under the category of tripods, which are already prohibited.

A spokeswoman for the National Gallery said: "Photography is allowed for personal, non-commercial purposes in the National Gallery - however there are a few exceptions in order to protect paintings, copyright of loans, individual privacy and the overall visitor experience. Therefore the use of flash and tripods is not permitted.

"Our gallery assistants and visitor-facing staff are fully briefed and instructed to ensure we are striking the correct balance between visitor experience and the security and safety of works on display.

"Therefore they will use their discretion on a case-by-case basis in preventing photography which puts the safety of the collection at risk or obstructs other visitors."

Despite being popular with well known names like Boris Johnson, Beyonce and Barack Obama, the gadgets have also been met with resistance in recent months.

Tottenham Hotspur banned selfie sticks from White Hart Lane after a complaint from a fan, while they have also been barred at a number of galleries and museums in the US and France.

Other cultural destinations in London are now believed to be considering them at their venues.

A spokeswoman for the British Museum said: "Visitors to the British Museum are permitted to take photographs in public areas, not including temporary exhibitions, for non-commercial purposes.

"The museum is currently reviewing its policy on the use of selfie sticks and other apparatus within the museum grounds.

"The safety of objects and visitors is paramount to the British Museum and staff will politely inform visitors if the use of any equipment is endangering objects or other people on site."