The Licoricia of Winchester 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 value 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.
Our Patrons are eminent historian Simon Sebag-Montefiore and Dame Jenny Abramsky DBE.
Simon Sebag Montefiore is the bestselling and prize-winning writer of history and fiction whose books are published in 48 languages.
He is the author of the international bestsellers STALIN: THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR, JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY, YOUNG STALIN, CATHERINE THE GREAT AND POTEMKIN and THE ROMANOVS, as well as the Moscow Trilogy of novels and THE ROYAL RABBITS OF LONDON for children. He has won prizes for both history and fiction. All of his works are now being developed into films or TV drama series. His latest book WRITTEN IN HISTORY: LETTERS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD is out now.
Dame Jenny Abramsky 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.