Dr Lyvinia Elleschild

Dr Lyvinia Elleschild

Lecturer in Sociology (Education)

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Sociology Lecturer (0.5)

I have been teaching social science undergraduate students since 1990 and am passionate about my work. It is a privilege to work alongside students throughout their studies, and witness, year after year, the transformative potential that education offers. As an alumni of the University of Plymouth I am appreciative of how my own studies here in the 1980s enriched my life. I base my approach on the sociological imagination, and am always inspired by the ways in which this opens up new ways of thinking about our increasingly complex social world.

Sociological inquiry offers the potential to understanding ‘real world’ problems and inequalities. I encourage students to apply their knowledge and experiences to life beyond the campus through engagement with voluntary work, extra-curricula activities and community activism. I am the research co-ordinator of Maker Memories, a community-based heritage project, working in conjunction with The Box, Plymouth. This award winning innovative project is focused on archive and exhibition based research and is capturing the importance of place, music, identity and belonging through interviews, film and photography. Here is a blog about working with students as cultural creators and collaborators:


I am also a passionate advocate of the importance of grassroots live music venues and the role that music has in creating and sustaining communities. I am involved in various music projects and campaigns that highlight the value that music brings to communities and creating a sense of identity and belonging. Here is a link to a blog written by Lawrence Hyne about a film screening of Our Growing Silence round table event that I hosted with the Music Venue Trust at The Junction: 


 I live in Cornwall, and encourage students to make the short trip across the sea to visit the spectacular coastal countryside of the Rame Peninsula.



1988: University of Plymouth: BA (hons) Social Policy and Administration (First Class).

1988: University of Plymouth: Diploma in Community Work.

1994: University of Bradford: MA Women’s Studies (Applied).

2004: University of Plymouth: PhD (ESRC award no. R0042929834396).

2014: Broadreach Training, Advanced Practitioner in Substance Misuse.

2015: Broadreach Training, (CPCAB) Level 3 Counselling Studies.

2017: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2018: University of Plymouth Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Distinction).

 Professional Employment

1989-1990: Associate Lecturer (Social Policy/ Sociology), Dept. of Social Studies, Leeds Polytechnic. Teaching: housing and planning policy, youth policy, community work, sociology for CQSW.

1990-1992: Lecturer (Social Policy/ Sociology), Faculty of Cultural and Education Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University. Teaching: housing and planning policy, youth policy, community work, sociology for CQSW, MA Feminist Studies. Course Management Team member and course development for: BA (hons) Consumer Services Management (Housing Policy) and Dip. HE Youth and Community Work.

1992-1998: Senior Lecturer (Social Policy/ Sociology), School of Applied Social Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University. Responsibilities: Social policy, sociology, youth policy, gender and social policy, sexuality studies, feminist studies, social identities, youth and community work. Course Management: BA(hons) Social Policy and Administration; Dip HE Youth and Community Work. Course Development: BSc Sociology.

1998: Peer Education Co-ordinator, Harbour Drugs and Alcohol Advisory Service, Plymouth.

1998-1999: Doctoral Researcher, (ERSC funded)Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds.

1999- 2004: Doctoral Researcher (ESRC funded), School of Sociology, Politics and Law, University of Plymouth.

2003-2016: Associate Lecturer, School of Social Science and Social Work (Sociology) Module Leader: Sociological Imaginations; Drugs and Drug Use in Society; Gender and Society; Gender: A Social Science Critique.

2014-2016: Tutor and Student Support Tutor (Practitioner in Substance Misuse), Broadreach Training and Education.

2016-2023 Lecturer (Sociology, Part Time/0.5): School of Society & Culture, University of Plymouth. Module Lead: Gender and Society; Gender: A Social Science Critique; Culture, Structure and Lived Experience, Gender, Sex and Sexuality and Key Concepts and Skills for Sociology. I am also the Academic co-ordinator for Sociology PALS Programme, Sociology Admissions Tutor and the Stage Two Tutor.

Professional membership

British Sociological Association: 1986 - 2019

Roles on external bodies

Research Director, Maker Memories Project (supported by The Box, community archive based in Patchwork Studios CIC, Maker Heights).



Teaching interests

I have extensive experience teaching various subjects in sociology, social policy, youth and community work. I am currently the module lead for Culture, Structure and Experience, Gender, Sex and Sexuality and Key Concepts and Skills for Sociology. I am also the Academic co-ordinator for Sociology PALS Programme and the Stage Two Tutor.



Research interests

Maker Memories Research Co-ordinator: Maker Memories is a community-led project designed to capture the diverse histories and socio-cultural value of Maker Heights. The project is supported by The Box and working in collaboration with Sociology and Media Arts at the University of Plymouth. The project was awarded Best Overall Community Archive in UK and Ireland and Best Community Engagement Awards in 2019 by the Community Archive and Heritage Group.

Music Heritage Research

Producer: Live at the Barracks Series of Music Documentary Shorts for Maker Memories YouTube Channel (2016-ongoing).

Other research

Conference Papers:

British Sociological Association Annual Conference 1994: Bad Girls and Excessive Women: The Social Construction of ‘Promiscuity’.

 Semmelweis University of Medicine, ‘Civilization, Sexuality and Social Life in Historical Context’ Conference’, Budapest 1995. Chapter published in Civilization, Sexuality and Social Life in Historical Context’.

 Centre for the Study of Environmental Change ‘Politics of Cultural Change’ Conference, Lancaster University 1994:‘Persons in Hiding, Persons Unknown’.

British Sociological Association Annual Conference 1997: Beyond the Bounds of Decency: Power Relations in Intimate Inter-generational Partnerships.

British Sociological Association Youth Study Group Conference 2001: The Negation of ‘Youth’ in Contemporary Policy Formulation on ‘Child Prostitution’.

Presentation for Rame Conservation Trust /Historic England Public Event, June 16th 2017: Maker Memories: A Social History of Community, Belonging and Affect.

The British Sociological Association Annual Conference April 10th 2018: “This Land is Rightfully Ours”: Documenting Intergenerational Narratives of Community, Struggle, Belonging and Affect.

Methodological Innovations Annual Conference, University of Plymouth, 26th June 2018 Documenting the Sociality of Place: Transforming Personal Memories into Public Display through Visual Oral History Methods.

University of Plymouth, Annual Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Conference, June 2018, Mike Sheaff, Julie Parsons, Alison Anderson, Lyvinia Elleschild, Jonathan Clark Sociology Beyond the Campus: enhancing students’ skills and confidence through connection research, teaching and learning

University of Plymouth ‘Celebrating and Developing Community Engagement’ January 22nd 2018 (Poster Presentation) Undertaking Effective Community Engagement Through Community-Led Research: The Maker Memories Project.

Music, Cities and Popular Memory Symposium, 29th March, 2019 Sounding Out The Periphery: Archiving Music Culture Beyond City Boundaries. Solent University, Southampton.

Home of Metal Symposium and Workshop: Music Heritage, People and Place 13th September 2019, Without Live Music This Culture Is Dead’: Documenting a Community Struggle to Keep Live Music at Maker, Cornwall. Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University.

Sociology Beyond The Campus Poster, M. Sheaff, L. Elleschild, J. Parsons, ESRC Celebration Event, University of Plymouth, 6th November 2019.


BBC Spotlight, BBC Radio Cornwall, BBC Radio Devon: Interview/discussion about Grassroots Live Music and MVT Pipeline Investment Campaign, 9th Febuary 2019.

Our Growing Silence Film Screening Premiere and Round-Table, The Exchange, Bristol, 13th February 2019.

Briefing Paper: Valuing, Promoting and Sustaining Grassroots Live Music Culture in Plymouth and Surrounding Areas. March 2019 (Presented at Plymouth City Council Music Round Table, 17th April 2019)

 Our Growing Silence Film Screening and Presentation, Music Venue Trust, Ticketmaster HQ, London, 19th June 2019.

Presentation to Community Archive and Heritage Group Annual Conference, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 10th July 2019.

Presentation to 100 Homes History Project, Stonehouse, Plymouth on the Maker Memories Project, 20th July, 2019.

Our Growing Silence Film Screening and Round-Table, The Junction, Plymouth, 17th September 2019.

Presentation to Rame Conservation Trust AGM, 26th October 2019: Maker Memories: An Award Winning Community Archive.

Presentation to UoP LCG Research Seminar (27th Nov 2019) Sounding Out The Periphery: Archiving Music Culture Beyond City Boundaries

Presentation to the UoP SoGEES seminar series (March 11th 2020) “Without live music, culture is dead”: Documenting Music Heritage, Space and Place through a Community Archive.

Creative practice & artistic projects

Research Director of The Maker Memories Living History Project (Awarded Best Overall Archive 2019 and Best Community Engagement 2019 in UK and Ireland Awards by the Community Archives and Heritage Group). This is supported by The Box; co-curation of touring exhibition and The Box Community Gallery exhibition; manage social media platforms inc MM YouTube channel (55 short films, mostly produced by UoP and PCA students, directed/supervised by myself and media arts colleagues).




Key publications

Williams K, Cain M, Birch P & Letherby G (2013) 'Introduction: Sex for sale' 19-26 , DOI

Co-curation of Maker Memories Touring Exhibition (between April 2018 and April 2019 – 14750 visitors) - supported by The Box; and Maker Memories Exhibition, Community Gallery, the Box, forthcoming, 2020.

Co-curation of Digital Exhibition for Maker Memories (YouTube Channel, Flickr Photography site).


Other Publications

Archives and Record Association Magazine (August 2020) More Than Just Bricks and Mortar: Archiving Community Culture at Maker, 

Briefing Paper:The Socio-Cultural Importance of Music Heritage and Music Culture at Maker Heights.

Executive Producer (2019) Our Growing Silence (short documentary, Music Venue Trust, Dir. Billy Abbott).




Other academic activities


Research Co-ordinator for Maker with Rame CIC, including Maker Memories Community Led Research Project /Exhibition/Book: project supported by The Box (formerly Plymouth Museum) 2016 – present.

Maker Memories 'Live at the Barracks': Co-ordinator and promoter of music heritage community research collaborating with film students, musicians and music producers in an innovative approach to oral history and story-telling.

Project adviser for BA (hons) Media Arts Events module co-ordinated by Fotonow CIC (Journey to Rural Nostalgia) including content guidance and BBC local radio talk with students, 2018.

Executive Producer: Our Growing Silence - short documentary on music venue closure, hosted by the Music Venue Trust (Film Maker/Director: Billy Abbott) 2019.

Briefing Paper, March 2019 (distributed by PCC at Music Round Table): Valuing, Promoting and Sustaining Live Music in Plymouth and Surrounding Areas.

Co-Curator: Maker Memories On Tour Exhibition (2018 onwards).

Academic co-ordinator for Sociology PALS Programme.