about the campaign

Forensic evidence is key when it comes to solving crime and identifying the story behind an incident. We have all seen the television dramas such as CSI and read the crime fiction books that tell us exactly what happened to a body and how the perpetrators were brought to justice. Which is why we have started the Million For A Morgue campaign.

The Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) at the University of Dundee is a world-leading centre lead by Professor Sue Black and the team, recently featured in the major BBC series History Cold Case. The Centre specialises in human identification, forensic anthropology, cranio-facial reconstruction and the study of the human body.

Researchers at CAHID have developed groundbreaking techniques in areas such as hand identification. This has directly led to the successful prosecution of a number of paedophiles identified from images of their hands found in obscene photographs and films. The team also work very closely with police and government organisations across the world to train officers in human identification in case of major disasters such as earthquakes.

So we have enlisted the support of some of the world’s leading crime writers to help us drum up interest and donations for a brand new state-of-the-art morgue at the University which will put Scotland at the forefront of forensic teaching and research. Find out more about how the authors are supporting us and how you can get involved here.

“All crime writers rely on the help of forensics experts like Professor Sue Black to make sure we get the details right. Giving a bit of help back in return is the least we can do. I've known Sue for many years and the work she and her team do is absolutely fantastic. This is a great project and one which I hope you - as readers who also benefit from the great help the forensics people give us - can generously support.” – Val McDermid

You can donate here.