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.”
Phase I: Nearly 2/3 of our budget has been raised so far . This will meet the cost of the statue, our book, Key Stage 3 lessons, a leaflet, and an exhibition to accompany the unveiling. Our book is due to be published in 2021, and our Key Stage 3 lessons in time for the 2021/2 academic year. Phase II: We are working towards these goals, which are to produce Key Stage 1 and 2 lessons, hold a large exhibition in the library in Winchester, organise an academic symposium, and investigate Virtual Reality to bring the medieval era to life, in addition to holding activities and events.
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.