A major refurbishment created new exhibition and public areas, particularly providing an opportunity to explore the unique John Murray Archive, one of Scotland’s most important cultural acquisitions in the last decade. His previous professional posts include Head of Libraries, Information and Learning with Glasgow City Council, and posts in Cambridge and Leicestershire.
He has been a professional librarian for almost 40 years, focusing on intellectual freedom and freedom of expression, and the value of historic library collections. He has placed a great emphasis on breaking down barriers to the use of library, information and archive services to widen the use, understanding and enjoyment of collections and services.
Martyn is active in the cultural and heritage fields and is Chair of the Committee for Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions as well as being Chair of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. He is also Chair of the Governors of Innerpeffray Library, is a Trustee of the Board of the Scottish Poetry Library, and is active in heritage groups in Linlithgow.
In recent years he has been Vice-Chair of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature and a member of the Legal Deposit Advisory Panel to the UK Government.
He is a Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Information Studies at the University of Aberystwyth and was awarded an OBE for services to culture in Scotland in the 2014 New Year's Honours.