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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!
Hand-crafted memoirs and life-story books
At Memorophilia, we have creativity at heart, and we specialise in individually made artist books, made by professional, experienced artists/ writers/ binders. Hand-written, individually illustrated and creatively bound memoirs, they are presented in a gift box ready f to pass down through your family. These are one-off original artefacts and so every one is different. They can contain copies of family photographs. However, you can choose to have a few extra copies made for friends and family. They are high quality, made from sustainably produced, archival quality materials and are designed to stand the test of time.
Other life-story books
If you or communication and have problems with memory are after a life story book for daily use for yourself or your elderly relative, we can arrange this for you.
This photo book option is suitable for use in a care home setting, to assist with stimulating memories and conversation, and as a communication tool.
It is also suitable for those who would like many copies of their story to distribute to loved ones. You can order as many copies as you like, from 1 to100+.
We can even help you to self-publish, if that's what you are after!
Providing good company
The aim is to address loneliness and isolation by bringing regular, unhurried companionship to anyone who may find it useful to talk about their memories, through weekly home visits*, phone chats, or online video. If you have long-distance elderly parents who you can't get to see as often as you would like, why not give them the advantage of regular visits from a friendly, experienced, interviewer will to listen for many hours to stories and anecdotes and note them down.
Many family members report learning things about their parents that they never knew! If you wish, (and it is perfectly acceptable to just enjoy the visits or online chats), words can then be expertly written up for you, professionally illustrated and bound into a beautiful life story book for the whole family to keep.
Already begun writing your memoir?
Writing a life-story or making a photo book is quite a commitment! Whether for themselves or for somebody else, many people have begun the process only to flounder, for whatever reason, along the way.
These days, there are online templates to help you, but you still need lots of time, patience, organisation and a certain amount of technical knowhow to do this.
Here at Memorophilia, we can help you with this, no matter how far you are along in the process. Let us take over! Sit back while we get your dream book sorted for you.
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.