Meet the Tower of London's Ravenmaster and learn about the unique birds in his care at this talk at Hillsborough Castle.
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.
Concession: £13 (seniors and under 25s, students and Historic Royal Palaces members).