We have now commissioned Ian Rank-Broadley to sculpt the life-sized statue from our maquette. We are now fundraising to raise the remaining money to cast the statue into bronze and instal the plinth.
We have raised over 2/3 of our budget, and are entering the home straight to erect the statue. Our lessons and book are fully funded and in production. Please do encourage your friends to contribute via our JustGiving page. Thanks to everyone who has helped us reach this important milestone.
We are making good progress in writing lessons for Key Stage 3 pupils. These lessons will be distributed free to schools. These lessons will be educating about the English medieval Jewish community, its royal links, and its lessons for today in combatting prejudice and racism.
This change reflects our burgeoning educational work, which will be centred around the statue. The core of our activity is education, which will continue after the statue is erected. We continue to work hard to raise finance for the statue, which is vital to give real visibility and prominence to our messages.
We are very excited that Rebecca Abrams, the well-known and respected author, has agreed to write our book on Licoricia and the medieval Jewish community. Rebecca has recently published ‘The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 objects from the Ashmolean Museum‘ and ‘Jewish Treasures from Oxford Libraries‘ for the Bodleian Library. Her other works include Touching Distance, Three Shoes One Sock & No Hairbrush, The Playful Self, Woman In a Man’s World and When Parents Die. The book will be published in 2021.
We are delighted to announce that Dame Jenny Abramsky DBE has been appointed Patron of the Appeal. Dame Jenny has been Chair of the Royal Academy of Music since September 2014 and is also Chair of the Board of Governors of the Royal Ballet. From 2008 to 2014 she was Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund/National Heritage Memorial Fund, as well as Chair of the University of London, Board of Trustees.
Previously she was for ten years the BBC’s Director of Radio and of Music. Before that, as Director of Continuous News, she ran all the BBC’s 24 hour news services on TV, Radio and Online. At the BBC she created and launched more new services than any previous BBC executive, including Radio Five Live, BBC News Online and BBC News 24.
She is a Trustee of the Shakespeare Schools Festival and sits on the Board of Birmingham Royal Ballet. Previously she was Chair of Hampstead Theatre, a Governor of the British Film Institute, a trustee of Central School of Ballet and sat on the Economic and Social Research Council. Jenny was awarded a CBE in 2001 and made DBE in 2009.
Jenny will serve as Patron alongside eminent historian, Simon Sebag-Montefiore.
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.
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.
The Alan and Sheila Diamond Charitable Trust and the Hollick Family Foundation for their generous donations.
Many thanks to the Liberal Jewish Synagogue for their hospitality yesterday. Maggie and William Carver gave a presentation on the Appeal, its background, and the history of the Jews in England pre 1290 to the Synagogue on 22 February. The meeting was very well attended. Many thanks again to Rabbi Wright and the Synagogue for their kind help in organising the event.