Dr Sarah Shrimpton

Liverpool School of Art and Design

Sarah graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting from Bath Spa University and an MSc in Forensic Art from the University of Dundee. Subsequently she has worked as a researcher at various institutions researching cranio-facial reconstruction and human face recognition in relation to the general face perception field and more specifically within forensic scenarios.

Sarah is a post-doctoral Research assistant in the Face Lab at the School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University. Professor Caroline Wilkinson is Director of the Face Lab, a LJMU research group that carries out forensic/archaeological research and consultancy work including craniofacial analysis, facial depiction and forensic art. Sarah's research interests mainly focus on recognition of faces from facial depictions for forensic scenarios. Her PhD research entitled, ‘Facial creation: using compositing to conceal identity’, focused on ‘composite’ faces – those faces made up of features/facial parts from other faces.


2018, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD Face recognition
2008, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom, MSc Forensic Art
2006, Bath Spa University, Bath, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting


Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCert in Academic Practice

Academic appointments

Research assistant, Face Lab/School of art and design, Liverpool John Moores University, 2017 - present
Associate staff, School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2016 - present
Research Assistant, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee, Dundee, 2013 - 2013
Associate Research Fellow, Psychology, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, 2012 - 2012
Research Assistant, Buelthoff/RECCAT, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, 2010 - 2010
Research Associate, Medical Imaging Centre/PSI, Katholiek Universiteit Leuven, 2010 - 2011


Shrimpton S, Wilkinson C. 2021. The Face of Takabuti David R, Murphy E. Life and Times of Takabuti in Ancient Egypt Investigating the Belfast Mummy 9781800348585

Shrimpton SL, Fodarella C. 2017. Facial Composites Baker B, Minhas R, Wilson L. Factbook: Psychology and Law European Association of Psychology and Law Student Society 9781326989651


Wilkinson C, Shrimpton S, Liu C, Pinheiro Flores M. 2020. Facial reconstruction of remains found on Glenrothes industrial estate Publisher Url

Liu C, Shrimpton S, Roughley M, Wilkinson C. 2020. 3D facial depiction of Abbot John of Wheathampstead Publisher Url

Liu C-YJ, Shrimpton S, Wilkinson C. 2019. Facial depiction of a Medieval Scottish individual excavated from a site in Tarbat display at Tarbat Discovery Centre, Scotland Publisher Url Public Url

Wilkinson C, Shrimpton S, Liu C, Roughley M. 2018. Facial depiction of an Iron Age male in his 60's featured on Digging for Britain, Season 7 Episode 4 'Iron Age Revealed' Author Url Publisher Url

Wilkinson C, Shrimpton S, Smith K, Roughley M. 2018. Facial Depiction of "The Rider of Hemmaberg" - a 5/6th century man with a wooden leg prosthesis from the Migration Period in Carinthia, on display at the Archaeological Pilgrim Museum in Globasnitz Author Url

Wilkinson C, MacGregor M, Roughley MA, Shrimpton S. 2016. Facial Depiction of Robert the Bruce Author Url Publisher Url

Roughley MA, Shrimpton S, Wilkinson CM. 2016. Facial depiction of Kukruse lady - a 13th century AD lady from Estonia Publisher Url

Wilkinson CM, Shrimpton SL, Roughley MA. 2015. Facial Depiction of a 1200 year old bog body known as "Bernie", on display at Ostfriesisches Landesmuseum, Emden Publisher Url

Liu C, Roughley M, Shrimpton S, Wilkinson C. Facial depiction of two Mesolithic individuals from Norway on display at Bergen City Museum

Journal article

Diac MM, Earar K, Damian SI, Knieling A, Iov T, Shrimpton S, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Wilkinson C, Iliescu DB. 2020. Facial reconstruction: Anthropometric studies regarding the morphology of the nose for romanian adult population i: Nose width Applied Sciences, 10 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Shrimpton S, Daniels K, de Greef S, Tilotta F, Willems G, Vandermeulen D, Suetens P, Claes P. 2014. A spatially-dense regression study of facial form and tissue depth: Towards an interactive tool for craniofacial reconstruction FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 234 :103-110 DOI Author Url Publisher Url


Wilkinson CM, Shrimpton SL, SMITH K, LIU C, Roughley MA. 2017. Facial depiction of George Lister and Elizabeth Dibb (3D printed replicas) on display at Washburn Heritage Centre Publisher Url

Wilkinson C, Shrimpton S, Roughley M, Smith K, Liu CY. Facial depiction of two Mesolithic individuals from Norway (3D printed replicas) on display at Bergen City Museum

Conference publication

Hill H, Shrimpton S, Otsuka Y, Shriver M, Claes P. 2014. Positive eyes facilitate use of pigment and shape information from the rest of the face. i-Perception, APCV :388-388 Author Url


Bulthoff I, Shrimpton S, Mohler BJ, Thornton IM. 2011. Using avatars to explore height/pitch effects when learning new faces


Shrimpton SL. Facial creation: using compositing to conceal identity Wilkinson C, Frowd C, Rowland C. Public Url


Liverpool John Moores University's Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence- Impact Story (2022) - Presented to Professor Caroline Wilkinson and the Face Lab team., Liverpool John Moores University. 2022

Research Team of the Year (awarded to Face Lab, LJMU) - Educate North Awards 2019, Educate North, https://www.educatenorth.co.uk/2019-winners. 2019

Liverpool John Moores University's Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Award for Excellence in Social and Economic Engagement (2016) - Presented to Professor Caroline Wilkinson and the Face Lab team, Liverpool John Moores University. 2016

Conference organisation:

The 19th Biennial meeting of the International Association for Carniofacial identification. ‘Knowledge Transfer; presentation, ethics, bias and expectation’, Host and organiser, http://www.craniofacial-id.org/next-meeting.html. 2022

The 19th Biennial meeting of The International Association for Craniofacial Identification: Race and Face: bias in forensic and archaeological investigation [one day virtual short program], Organiser and host, http://www.craniofacial-id.org/next-meeting.html. 2021

Teaching qualification:

PGCert in Academic Practice. 2020

Associate fellow of the Higher Education Authority. 2015

SEDA - Staff and Educational Development Association Professional Development named award. 2015

Associate fellow of higher education authority. 2015

Conference presentation:

Facial creation: How much of a donor face image can be used whilst preserving their anonymity?, International Association for Craniofacial Identification, Louisianna USA, Remote video. 2019

From the inside out: an exploration of the eyebrow’s role in identity, expression and communication, Screen Studies Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, Oral presentation and panel. 2019

The eyebrow's role in identity and character - when does an alteration become a transformation?, NECS - European Network for Cinema and Media studies, Gdansk, Poland, Remote video. 2019

Roughley, M. A., Wilkinson, C. M., Shrimpton, S. L., MacGregor, M., Mockton, D. G., Moffat, R., (2018), Exploring cognitive bias when texturing a facial depiction of King Robert the Bruce, Art, Materiality and Represenation - Royal Anthropological Institute Conference 2018, British Museum, SOAS, Oral presentation. 2018

Media Coverage:

Face Lab. Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool School of Art and Design research group launch event

Worldwide news coverage of the reveal of a facial depiction of Robert the Bruce

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), https://www.therai.org.uk/.