Both books, which were published in Nottinghamshire by a local publisher, Refl ections of a Bygone Age, were aimed at a general readership including keen local historians or those with a special interest in the subject matter and oral history content. They were a major departure from the publisher’s usual format and had to be accurate, informative and accessible. The fi rst tasks were easily defi nable and will be familiar to those who have taken part in community oral history projects: choosing the subject, selecting the contributors/narrators and recording and transcription of the narratives. In some projects when these early stages are fi nished the team involved sees its task as complete, and the tapes and transcripts become archive material. If publication is planned, then a smaller or entirely different team will edit the material and make decisions on how best to use it.