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Welcome to our Oxford Webcams! These webcams are located in the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3JS, UK (find on Google Maps). They are Axis M1011 webcams, serving an .h264 encoded stream via Wowza Media server. Comments and feedback are gratefully received! Email: webcam@oii.ox.ac.uk

About Camera 2

Camera 2 looks out onto St Giles. The Victorian gothic Randolph Hotel is to the left, facing Beaumont Street, the neoclassical Taylor Institution (part of the Bodleian Library) is directly in front, facing St Giles and the OII. The Ashmolean Museum is just behind the Taylorian. A good time to check in is during the famous St Giles Fair, held on the Monday and Tuesday after the first Sunday in September (if you can remember that: the next one is 3-4 Sept 2012). Established in 1200, it's unusual for an English fair, being held in a major street of a city and completely blocking traffic (and the OII) for its two-day duration. See the Oxford History: St Giles website for many strange old things to do with St Giles, including old photographs and accounts of the fair, and a general history of pretty much every object and building on St Giles, including No. 1 St Giles: the Oxford Internet Institute.

Blogged in the vicinity:

  • 26 April 2011: Second OII Webcam Goes Live: Sweeping Views of Northern St Giles Now in Reach!
  • 29 July 2010: En Saga: The Oxford Webcam and Why It Doesn't Go Down All the Time (Anymore, Hopefully)
  • 15 January 2010: More Friday Silliness: An Igloo on Balliol Quad
  • 6 January 2010: The OII Snow Commute (Riding Through A Winter Wonderland)
  • 17 December 2009: The Urban Christmas Card: Snowmen, Snow and Grit (OX1 Style)
  • 2 December 2009: The Queen opens the new Ashmolean Museum; the OII is there to film it!
  • 13 November 2009: The Ashmolean Museum is the Coolest Place To Be This Week (I heard; I saw, I agree)

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