Geoff Archer was born in Manchester in 1945 and now lives in Cheshire. After 2 years studying architecture at Manchester Regional College of Art he switched to a B.A. course in Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham (now Trent University). This was followed by an Art Teachers’ Certificate course at Reading University which led to a teaching career lasting over 30 years. Throughout this time he exhibited his paintings, both in solo and group exhibitions.

In the mid 1990s he completed a course in Art History at Manchester University, gaining an M.A. with distinction. The subject of his dissertation was the figurative sculpture of British First World War memorials, which ultimately led to the publication of his first book, ’The Glorious Dead’, in November 2009. His second book, ’Public Sculpture in Britain: A History’, was published in May 2013 and a third book, on local war memorials, was self-published in 2016. Painting, however, remains his primary interest.