The Licoricia of Winchester Statue Appeal is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and was registered with the Charity Commission on 31 August 2017 under charity number 1174453. Its charitable object is:
‘To educate the public about Winchester’s medieval Jewish community, its role in society and its royal connections, and to promote religious tolerance and understanding through: the erection in Jewry Street of a statue of one of Winchester’s most prominent medieval Jews, Licoricia of Winchester, the Jewish mother and businesswoman; and the production of appropriate educational materials together with holding other supporting lectures and events.”
The appeal aims to raise £125,000. Approximately £78,000 of this is the cost of the statue, and the remainder for plaque and plinth, educational materials for schools, tertiary and adult education, as well as talks. The sum of £14,000 was raised locally, excluding public fundraising, which provided sufficient to pay for the initial competition and maquette, as well as contribute towards the £125,000.
The statue has important educational purposes and will also promote religious tolerance and the role of women in society.
- It will provide an opportunity to educate Winchester’s population and its visitors about Winchester’s Royal medieval past.
- It will educate people about Winchester’s important medieval Jewish Community, its achievements and its persecution. It will promote religious tolerance and the acceptance of diversity in the community.
- As one of very few statues of women in this country, it will be an inspiration to women, and will illustrate the role of education in providing opportunities for women.
- The statue will be of national interest and a lasting enhancement to the city of Winchester.
We are very excited that the eminent historian, Simon Sebag-Montefiore, has become a Patron of the Charity.