Licoricia was a member of the nationally significant medieval Jewish community in Winchester and the most famous of its successful businesswomen. She was a highly educated wife and mother and raised funds for Henry III and Queen Eleanor as well as a number of national and local projects.
We're raising money to help erect a bronze, life-size statue of her and her son Asser outside the Discovery Centre in Winchester, near where she lived over seven hundred years ago.
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 Winchesters population and its visitors about Winchester's Royal medieval past.
It will educate people about Winchesters 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.
Licoricia will be portrayed with her youngest son, Asser, in a life-size statue situated outside the Discovery Centre (Winchester's popular library) in Jewry Street, Winchester . There is much significance in the location. Licoricia herself lived in Jewry Street, as did many of the medieval Jewish Community and placing her outside the library will ensure that the statue is of maximum inspiration to mothers and children. After a competition, Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, one of the countrys most celebrated sculptors, has been commissioned to produce the piece.
We are really excited about this opportunity to celebrate one of Winchester's most prominent women, and would like to thank you for your generosity.