The visit will see The Prince view ‘Licoricia of Winchester’, a newly installed life-sized bronze statue of a prominent medieval Jewish woman, designed by award-winning sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, with the aim to promote the themes of tolerance, diversity and inter-faith understanding. The artwork – organised by the Licoricia of Winchester Trust - is located outside The Arc (formerly Winchester Discovery Centre) on Jewry Street, the historic centre of the city’s Jewish community before the Jews were expelled from England in 1290, and where Licoricia was known to have lived. Licoricia was a major financier to Henry III and his Queen, Eleanor. Money raised from Licoricia and from the estate of her second husband David contributed to the building of Westminster Abbey and its rich shrine to Edward the Confessor.
His Royal Highness will also officially open The Arc which has recently re-opened following a £715,000 refurbishment. Formerly Winchester Discovery Centre, The Arc is a partnership between Hampshire Cultural Trust and Hampshire County Council to provide a unique cultural destination for the city, offering a diverse programme of exhibitions, live performance, events, library and community services.
Winchester has a rich history and was a former Royal capital. The Great Hall on Castle Avenue is a surviving part of the original Winchester Castle built by William the Conqueror in 1067 and was built by Henry III from 1222 – the building includes a notable statue of Queen Victoria which was commissioned to mark her Golden Jubilee in 1887, a 13th century replica of King Arthur’s legendary Round Table and features a recreation of a medieval herbarium named after Queen Eleanor of Provence, wife of Henry III. The city also boasts an imposing statue of King Alfred.
Information for spectators
Spectators are advised to gather outside The Arc on Jewry Street from 10am.
There will be traffic and event stewards in place during the visit, supported by the Police to ensure a safe and secure occasion.
Winchester is expected to be busier than normal and there will also be road closures in place along the length of Jewry Street, Staple Gardens and Tower Street. A signed diversion route will be in place. Pedestrian access to Jewry Street will be limited to spectators of the event and people needing access to premises.
Anyone coming into the city on the day is advised to travel in by public transport, use Park & Ride, or to walk where possible.