Martin Hayes has been County Local Studies Librarian for West Sussex County Council Library Service since 1986. Now based at West Sussex Record Office, he is responsible for the development of the Local Studies service across 36 libraries. Day to day he manages the collections, oversees the enquiry service and promotes the service through exhibitions, talks and other events. Over the last 12 years he has also been successful in obtaining Heritage Lottery Fund grants and managing eight subsequent projects on the history of West Sussex including West Sussex Past Pictures, Great War West Sussex 1914-18 and Military Voices Past & Present. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP).