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The British Camouflage Tree

The British camouflage tree observation post. Image © IWM (FEQ 854)

This British camouflage tree observation post is one of the more unusual objects in our collection. Its journey from the fields of the Western Front to display in our new First World War Galleries, nearly one hundred years later, tells us much about the way that the First World War was fought but also how its impact is still with us today in unexpected and surprising ways.

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French 75mm quick-firing gun

You may recognise the gun in this photo as one of the large objects which confront you as you enter IWM London’s famous atrium. It is our French 75mm quickfiring field gun.

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Conserving the French 75mm Gun

Over the past few months I’ve been working in the care and conservation team at IWM London to assess the condition of the large exhibits that you see throughout the museum, as we prepare them for moving this autumn.

This work involves the condition assessment of the structure, metalwork and paintwork, and includes making recommendations on packing and transit so they can be safely moved out of the building. We have to thoroughly inspect everything that we need to move, which often means crawling into or underneath objects, seeing parts that most people never see. On occasion we will need to repair or secure parts of the item so it can be safely moved, and many of these items have not been moved for over 20 years.

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