Exploring the rich and fascinating past of the historic counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. We uncover the history of the people, ideas and events that shaped the West Midlands and the world beyond.
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Guy Sjögren

Guy Sjögren spent twenty-seven years in the Army before going into business in London. He is now happily retired.

After two years at Sandhurst, Guy was commissioned into the Royal Tank Regiment in 1963. Injured whilst attempting to become a parachutist, he was then ‘posted’ to Exeter University for three years to recuperate. There he took a degree in Economic History, studying under professors Walter Minchinton and WG Hoskins. He later completed a postgraduate degree in Strategic Studies at the University of Wales after which, among other roles, he taught international politics to Army Staff College candidates. Guy left the Army in 1989 and became a director of London-based Guardian Business Services. He retired to Shropshire in 2007, and embarked on the MA in West Midland History programme at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2010. A year later, Guy began a part-time PhD in modern history. His research topic concerns the rise and decline of the machine-cut nail trade in the West Midlands.


Guy Sjögren