Richard Neave trained as an artist, and joined the Middlesex Hospital, London, in 1957 to study as a Medical Artist, taking a full-time appointment at the University of Manchester as a Medical Artist in 1959, becoming director of the Unit of Art in Medicine in 1990.
became involved in the study of ancient Egyptian Mummies at the University's Museum
in 1973, and as part of this project he
reconstructed the faces of three ancient Egyptians.
The resulting publication drew the attention of other institutions around the world to this work, not merely archaeologists but also the police.
has been a 'guest' of police and law enforcement authorities in Russia, China, South Africa and South America, to name but a few!
maintains a number of teaching commitments, both in the UK and overseas, and continues to lecture at meetings throughout the world.