Every museum or archive, from time to time, finds itself with a collection which, to put it frankly, isn't quite as well used as some of its others. For the IWM, this is its periodical collection. To fill you in, for over five years now I have been collecting every piece of information possibly available (from books photos and maps to personal letters, and as many connected units diaries then I would care to mention) on the Coldstream; researching the 2nd Bn (1942-1945) in a rigourous manor to build up what I like to think is a fairly comprehensive collection on the subject. A big part of my research has been a unit newspaper: The Medjez Mail, a newspaper which proudly boasted that it was the first battalion newsletter in North Africa/Tunisia. Understandably, given that it contained small excerpts of the days happenings, jokes, as well as battalion and local and international news, you can see that it represents a fairly unique primary source, if not an intreaguing sociological study on the brittish tommy. Unfortunately the collection at RHQ was donated to the IWM by one of its progenitors and as a result the only copy left is in the IWM. The war diaries have a few sheets, mainly from italy and these are from the two page issue where the first page, the page kept, contains mostly international news only. I am guessing this shift occurs because guards RHQs have a nasty habit of putting material in their cellar, and a few years later disposing of it as confidential waste when it cant work out what it is. Basically this includes any information submitted to the guards that isn't published (bound: i.e. capable of being put in its small library) or that does not relate to an officer and fit in an a4 storage box under his name. Ordinary ranks don't usually have their stuff kept. That 200 page diary uncle joey left the guards in 1967? I'm affraid they burnt it with hundreds of pages of administration and vacciniation records. A year and a half ago I read a few pages of the mail and booked to come in the week after with my laptop to transcribe them. Anyway, the IWM recently is apparently undergoing archive renovations to turn it 'multi-media'. A good part of this was converting their old reading rooms in the dome to a super new peridical section... but having had a recount of its finances it appears to have done a u-turn and put all the books in the periodical section. The musuem no longer has any plans to re-open the periodical section and has left the collection in deep storage elsewhere in the country. When you ask about it the staff are told to say no to any peridocial requests. As you may have gathered from this post, the IWM started this renovation the week after I first went in. Its been 1 1/2 years later now and after not getting any replies to my emails, I went in to see them personally to no avail. Thus the unit newspaper is now presumably sitting in the same warehouse as the lost ark of the covenant and unlikely to see the light of day for any foressable future. When I asked if it would take another year I was told that they had "No plans" to bring them back.