The Ravenmaster

A talk by Christopher Skaife

A talk by Christopher Skaife


  • Start date: 26 April 2019

Ticketing information

Adult: £15
Concession: £13 (seniors and under 25s, students and Historic Royal Palaces members)


Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

Meet the Tower of London's Ravenmaster and learn about the unique birds in his care

For centuries, the Tower of London has been home to a group of famous residents, the ravens. Each year they are seen by millions of visitors, and they have become as integral a part of the Tower as its ancient stones. Legend has it that if the ravens should ever leave, the Tower will crumble into dust.

One man is personally responsible for ensuring that such a disaster never comes to pass - the Ravenmaster.

The current holder of the position is Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife, and in his fascinating book, ‘The Ravenmaster’, he memorably describes the ravens’ formidable intelligence, their idiosyncrasies, and their occasionally wicked sense of humour. 

At this special talk Christopher will share the folklore, history, and superstitions surrounding both the birds and their home.

This event is part of the John Hewitt Festival of Literature and Ideas.

Important information 

This event will take place in the Throne Room. Please assemble in the Courthouse.

The ravens at the Tower of London

Discover the stories of the ravens at the Tower of London told by resident Ravenmaster, Chris Skaife.

About the speaker 

Christopher Skaife served in the British Army for twenty-four years, during which time he became a Drum Major as part of a specialist machine gun platoon. He has been featured on the BBC, the History Channel, PBS, BuzzFeed, Slate, and other media.

He lives at the Tower of London with his wife, his daughter, and, of course, the ravens.