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mem-oro-philia = the love of memories
What is Memorophilia?
We are a small social enterprise working with older, socially isolated members of the community. We take the time to listen with care to well-loved anecdotes and then craft them into individual, hand-written and illustrated life-story books.
A friendly, family run social enterprise based in Cornwall, UK, Memorophilia hopes to make a difference by supporting those in society who could be at risk of forgetting their own story, providing a chance to pass memories down to younger generations so they will never be lost in time. You could call it befriending.....but with a beautiful book at the end!
How can you tell us your story?
* Please Note: UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS, AT THIS TIME WE ARE ONLY MEETING BY ONLINE VIDEO OR PHONE.
Please let us know if you would like to be informed when we resume our home visits and face to face activities, using the form at the bottom of this page.
Meet the Team
Simon Nicholls MSc, PTLLS
Co -founder of Memorophilia C.I.C.
Simon is a scientist who has a special empathy with carers, having found himself in that role for many years, looking after a family member. His years in academia have honed his exceptional eye for detail, which makes him the perfect choice for our proof reader and historic researcher at Memorophilia.
In his spare time Simon gives private therapeutic lessons in Physics, Electronics, Astronomy/Astrophysics for young people who need to know more than they can get from the school curriculum. He also provides IT tuition for elderly students.
Jane Nicholls MA, PGCE (PCET)
Founder of Memorophilia C.I.C.
Jane is a professional artist, writer, bookbinder, interviewer, tutor and workshop facilitator with extensive experience within elderly healthcare settings, including the NHS. She particularly enjoys working with people living with dementia and their carers as well as facilitating inter-generational and other creative workshops in schools.
She has done several Artist Residencies and has worked with all ages and abilities.
Why write your story?
Film by Anne Marie Balla
There are many reasons to consider getting one's life down on paper and made into a book. In this short film the lovely Connie (who has no issues at all with her memory) explains her reasons for deciding to do just that.
Now in her nineties she had always planned to write her memoirs but now has difficulty writing now due to arthritis in her hands. She didn't want her memories to be lost in time.
After a consultation to find out how she wanted to tell her story, we visited her for an hour a week for 20 weeks. We wrote her memoir for her in her own words and in her own distinctive voice. Connie has kindly given her permission for us to share this video.
Our products & services
Have a look at our gift shop. All sales contribute directly towards helping those members of our community who are feeling lonely and isolated and would love someone to talk to about their lives.
What people have said ...
Delia, daughter of one of our life story book recipients
'Mum often gets quite depressed in the period after Christmas and this regular contact did her a lot of good.
She is really pleased with her book and loves showing it to everybody.
Very Revd. Michael Moxon, Dean of Truro Cathedral
'We have been privileged to have someone of Jane's ability and perception working among us. All of us at the Cathedral are enormously grateful for what she has given us.
Dr Rebecca Reid,
Garner Complex Care & Dementia Ward, Bodmin Hospital
'Apart from being a wonderful artist .... Jane has provided a really meaningful activity on the ward. Patients always engage well with Jane's endlessly kind and gentle approach.
Thank you Jane,'
St Just & St Mawes Heritage Group
'The flags and the storybooks that you facilitated at St Mawes School were enjoyed by all. Thank you very much for your input into our project.