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Camouflaged dummy tank in Kensington Gardens © IWM (Q 17701)

In 1917, Kensington Gardens became the first place in Britain to host a Camouflage School, where the Army could experiment with techniques designed to deceive the enemy.

In September 2017, we spent two weeks learning more: we built a replica trench, discovered how life in the park's trenches compared to life on the Western Front through immersive tours run by the 10th Essex Living History Group, and tried out some of the camouflage techniques developed here in Kensington Gardens, 100 years ago.

School groups, community groups and members of the public toured our replica trench, just as King George V and Winston Churchill did in 1917. Join their company and take a virtual tour.

Want to know more about the 1917 Camouflage School? You can read our history here.

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