Combined Royal Colleges Medal Lecture 2017

27 November 2017

SIG: Nature

Photo: Michael Pritchard FRPS & Angelos Rantis

Craniofacial Analysis and Depiction

Professor Caroline Wilkinson FRSE FRAI MMAA

The lecture was delivered on Thursday 23 November at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, London  by the winner of 2016 Combined Royal Colleges Medal, Professor Caroline Wilkinson*, Director of the Face Lab, a LJMU research group based in Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Director of Liverpool School of Art & Design.

Caroline explained how clinical images are incredibly important for the analysis and assessment of living bodies, but they can also be utilised for forensic identification and archaeological investigation.

The  presentation also  described  how clinical images contribute towards the depiction of faces from the past and from contemporary forensic investigation and discuss the challenges and limitations of this research.

Professor Wilkinson also explained  the application of clinical imagery to the depiction of famous historical figures (such as Richard III and Robert the Bruce), preserved bodies (such as Ancient Egyptian mummies or bog bodies) and disease or trauma in ancient populations.

*Caroline has a background in art and science and her research and creative work sits at the forefront of art-science fusion and includes subjects as diverse as forensic art, human anatomy, medical art, face recognition, forensic science, anthropology, 3D visualisation, digital art and craniofacial identification.


L-R: Professor Afzal Ansary ASIS FRPS (Chaired the meeting), Professor Lesley Regan (President, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists), Professor Caroline Wilkinson (Royal Colleges Combined Medal award winner), Robert Albright HonFRPS (President, Royal Photographic Society) .

Professor Lesley Regan, President Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Robert Albright HonFRPS, President, RPS.