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Dr Sarah Shrimpton


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

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



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 >Link

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

Wilkinson C, MacGregor M, Roughley MA, Shrimpton S. 2016. Facial Depiction of Robert the Bruce >Link

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


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 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

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 >Link

Journal article

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 >Link


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

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

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 01/06/2018


Research Team of the Year (awarded to Face Lab, LJMU) - Educate North Awards 2019, Educate North,

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

Media Coverage:,,, Worldwide news coverage of the reveal of a facial depiction of Robert the Bruce - Collaboration with Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Dr Martin MacGregor, Mark Roughley and Sarah Shrimpton,,, Face Lab. Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool School of Art and Design research group launch event

Membership of professional bodies:

Student member, European Association or Psychology and Law,

Student Member, British Psychological Society,

Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI),

Member, British Association of Forensic Anthropology,

Student member, British Association of Human IDentification (BAHiD),

Teaching qualification:

Associate fellow of higher education authority