April 2020 Newsletter

Since our last newsletter in January, we have made good progress.

Of our £135,000 target, we have raised just over half so far.  In the last few months we have written to 150 trusts and have received some very generous donations although Covid-19 has postponed many of their trustee meetings.  We continue to receive donations via our website, where our supporter list now numbers seventy, up nearly 50% in the last couple of months.

We are commissioning Rebecca Abrams (who wrote ‘The Jewish Journey:  4000 years in 22 Objects’ for the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and whose latest book ‘Jewish Treasures from Oxford libraries’ is about to be published) to write our booklet on Winchester’s Medieval Jewish Community. 

Hampshire County Council education experts are working on a proposal for lesson plans on Licoricia and her community for Key Stages 1-3 for all Hampshire school children.

We have received fascinating advice from the V&A, the British Museum, and the Jewish Museum about whether or not Licoricia would have worn rings, including wedding and betrothal rings, and concerning the brooch holding her cloak.

Two eminent letter carvers have provided us with sample fonts for the inscriptions on the plinth, and we have been working with Hampshire County Council to finalise the plinth specification.

Throughout, there has been so much goodwill around the project that it spurs us on with enthusiasm.  Thank you for your continued support. 

We look forward to keeping in touch.

Progress being made

We have raised about 50% of the funds necessary for the statue, and are working hard for the rest. We aim to erect the statue in September 2021. In the meantime good progress is being made with our booklet, and educational material for schools. Please do help us in these endeavours if you can.