Face Lab

Face Lab

Research Group

Learn more about the work the Group undertakes

Established in 2014, Face Lab carries out forensic research, archaeological investigation and consultancy work.

Face Lab’s key research interests are wide-ranging and include:

  • Craniofacial identification
  • Facial reconstruction
  • Face recognition
  • Facial comparison
  • Historical depiction
  • Skull analysis

Although Face Lab was only formed in 2014, researchers from the Group have had huge success in its craniofacial analysis, which identifies unknown bodies in forensic investigation, or historical figures for archaeological depiction. This work may involve facial reconstruction, post-mortem depiction, craniofacial superimposition and skull reassembly. For example, in 2014 the team reconstructed the face of Saint Nicholas – the fourth century Bishop linked to Father Christmas.

To create forensic art, the team uses witness interviews to produce facial images or composites, age progression images and facial image comparison. Face Lab research relates to CCTV identification, post-mortem decomposition, ancestry determination, craniofacial reconstruction, preserved bodies and facial animation.

In addition to this, the Group’s researchers have already formed key collaborations with other projects and institutions, including: the University of Winchester, the University of Johannesburg, the University of Liverpool, the University of Pretoria, the University of Sao Paulo and The Colour Project.

Caroline Wilkinson is the Director of Face Lab and is accredited as a forensic anthropologist Level I (craniofacial specialism) by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI).

Face Lab will continue to make its research accessible through its public engagement activity and exhibition contribution.

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Get in touch with researchers from Face Lab

If you’d like to ask a question or find out more about information about this Group, please contact the team using the details below.

Contact: Caroline Wilkinson

Email: facelab@ljmu.ac.uk

Call: 0151 4829605 


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131 Mount Pleasant
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