CHRIS SKAIFE

historian • presenter • yeoman warder • public speaker • writer

 

 

Chris has a highly infectious passion for all things historic. His humorous style and eccentricity makes him a fascinating character. Chris says he has a degree in life and brings together his passion for history and life skills in a way that you cannot help but be captivated.

 

During his Military career in the Queens Regiment / Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, Chris had a full and very varied career. He started as an infantry soldier, excelling in weapons and tactics and eventually becoming an instructor. He literally threw himself out of planes during freefall parachuting courses and dived the world’s oceans on the hunt for lost worlds! He survived Special Forces survival courses and is even trained in the art of resistance to interrogation. He commanded his platoon on various Operational Tours and Peace keeping missions. Chris became the regimental Drum Major and led his Platoon on various prestigious events both here in the UK and abroad. During his final years in the Army Chris was stationed in Catterick as a Drum Major and Machine Gun specialist. This enabled him to pass on his extensive knowledge of music and weapons to soldiers as an Infantry instructor.

Chris is currently enjoying his role as a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London and has held this prestigious job since 2005. Since starting this role, he has become the Tower of London’s famous Ravenmaster, looking after and caring for the iconic Birds. 

 

Chris has teamed up with Dr Lindsey Fitzharris a Medical Historian. Together they have combined their expertise and created the very popular 'Grave Matters, digging up the dead' website. Chris has an avid and varied array of fans which follow the ‘Gruesome Twosome’ through crimes and punishment, executions and morbid medical facts. Chris and Lindsey teamed up with the talented Cartoonist Adrian Teal, to create a comic strip called the Hung and Drawn Quarterly which takes Chris and Lindsey though the gruesome side of history. Its artwork has become very popular and is much sort after. This website is proving to be so popular, that fans are prepared to donate to the site to make sure that they will receive their daily dose of blood, gore and of course the humorous side of death.

 

Chris is an eccentric, humorous and charming Gentleman with a life time of skills and stories to share, so please join him on his amazing journey!

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