The Licoricia story is rich ground for lessons in that it facilitates enquiry into place, history, identity and culture, prejudice, sources, and geography, all through a new lens. It promotes diversity, education and female achievement.
The statue itself is a fascinating enquiry into costume. Licoricia carries a tallage demand and her son Asher a dreidel. She does not wear tabulae because she would have paid not to.
The plinth carries important messages about shared texts between the Abrahamic faiths, in a font developed by a refugee, and in a translation which was at least partly undertaken in Winchester (the King James Bible).
The history brings into question fascinating sources from the time, and asks important questions about their veracity and completeness, and the evidence outside these sources. Amazing artefacts exist such as manuscripts, tombstones, buildings, tokens and utensils such as the Bodleian Bowl. There is even poetry. It further facilitates enquiry into church and state, and medieval prejudice.
Geographical knowledge is assisted on a macro scale by the widespread distribution of Jews throughout Britain, and their links with France and beyond; the studying of people and place has an excellent case study in Winchester, which retains a streetplan which can be traced to the Romans and Saxons, and contains many medieval buildings. We can tell where Jews lived and were buried because medieval Winchester is one of the best documented and researched cities anywhere. The Jews were forced to migrate frequently and provide strong links to continental Europe and beyond
Looking at today, lessons can investigate the nature of modern prejudice and how it is influenced by the past, as well as looking at the importance of education and gender equality. We wish to celebrate and promote diversity, and this can be done through examining how minorities such as the Jews enriched society then and do so now.
We will be publishing our book in the Spring of 2022 which should be an excellent resource for viewing history through a new lens, and providing lessons for today.
We have already worked Hampshire County Council’s HIAS to develop Key Stage 3 lessons which will be available for its schools from the start of academic year 2021/2, and have an important aim of developing further lessons for distribution to schools throughout the UK.
Please contact us if we can be of help in developing your educational resources or facilitating visits.