VIDEOS detailing the discussions about taking down Cecil Rhodes statue from the side of Oriel College are being published online.

Following protests in the summer, Oriel College announced it would launch an 'independent commission of inquiry' into the statue of 19the century British colonialist Cecil Rhodes which sits on its High Street building.

The commission began hearing evidence in the autumn and now two videos of public hearings have been published on its website.

The first of the meetings, held on November 25, dealt with 'Historic Environment Protection and Legislation' and the second with 'Diversity and Inclusivity Policies at Oxford'.

The commission's work was also recently the subject of a question by independent Oxford city councillor David Henwood, who asked whether the council would be given access to documents detailing the minutes of Rhodes inquiry meetings held in private.

A spokeswoman for the Rhodes inquiry said: "The Commission will not be releasing any interim findings, nor releasing details of meeting schedules or minutes.

"As was always intended, some sessions have been held in public, with those details published on the Commission website, where anybody interested can find further details.

"It is also intended that videos of these sessions will be placed on the website when they are ready."

Evidence sessions held in public can be found online at

Eight commissioners are leading the inquiry, including city councillor Shaista Aziz and Laura Van Broekhoven, director of the Pitt Rivers Museum.

The commission expected to publish its findings in January, when an announcement on whether or not the statue will be removed from the building is also expected.