The Worshipful Company of Turners

Supporting the Craft, City and Charity for over four hundred years

About the Company

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One of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London, the Turners’ Company was already a guild in the 12th Century. To this day the Company continues to celebrate and support the ‘art or mysterie’ of turning.


Exhibitions and Competitions

Showcasing the best contemporary and traditional turning, the first Wizardry in Wood exhibition was held by the Company in 2004 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of its Royal Charter.

Turned bowl by Matthew Corbishley, bursary award winner 2013

Bursary Awards

The Turners Company is pleased to offer one or more Bursaries worth up to a combined value of £10,000 to assist talented turners to achieve or develop their professional aspirations and to enhance their future career opportunities.


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Turners learn to turn at the Max Carey Woodturning Trust

The Max Carey Trust was formed to provide an opportunity and facilities for people to be educated in Woodturning. Members of the Turners enjoyed a weekend learning about the Trust, watching demonstrations and having a go at turning themselves.


Gunmakers Rifleman’s Day at Bisley 2015

On a gloriously sunny day this year a team of 'Turners' enjoyed a day's sport with The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers at their annual ‘Rifleman’s’ Day’ at Bisley.

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Eleanor Lakelin: Summer News

This Summer sees the opening of a new exhibition, 'Slow Turning' featuring leading contemporary artists working in wood, willow and natural fibres, and the launch of Eleanor's new online gallery at


St Bride's Church, Fleet Street

Members only event

Patronal Service and Luncheon

This is the annual service held at St Brides Church, when members of the Company and their families come together to remember and celebrate the lives and fellowship of Company members no longer with us.

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Introduction to Green Woodwork Courses in London

For all those with a yearning to get carving, join an Introduction to green woodwork course at Abney Park. The London Green Woodwork Centre is supported by The Turners Company Charitable Trust.


City Briefings

These briefings give a short introduction to the work of the Corporation, especially the relationship with the livery companies and provide the chance to mix with other Liverymen and Freemen. All those who have not previously been to a Briefing are encouraged to attend.



A fisherman’s tale

Turners with even a passing interest in fly fishing can take great pride in the Company’s association with the Ustonson Dynasty: Royal Warrant Holders and suppliers of fishing tackle to three British monarchs, George IV, William IV and Queen Victoria.

Baroness Burdett-Coutts' garden party

Their romance outraged Queen Victoria: The story of Ashmead Burdett-Coutts and the Baroness

William Lehman Ashmead Bartlett Burdett- Coutts was Master of the Turners’ Company for two years, from May 1888 to May 1890. When only 30, he married the Baroness, who was then 67 years old. Queen Victoria was outraged, calling it the mad marriage.

Dartmoor hut

Back to the early Bronze Age

In 2011 an early Bronze Age, 4000 years old cist burial chamber was discovered on Dartmoor. Inside were the cremated remains of a female and, almost uniquely for this period, well preserved grave goods including four lathe-turned ear studs.


Handmade at Kew
October 8, 2015 to October 11, 2015
10:00 am - 6:00 pm at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, United Kingdom

City Briefings
October 14, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall

'Knowledge of the City' Lectures by City Guides
October 15, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet St, London EC4Y 8EQ, United Kingdom

Visit to the Automaton Lathe - Court Members and Honorary Assistants Event
October 20, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, London W14 0QX, UK

'Knowledge of the City' Lecture Series by City Guides
October 22, 2015
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet St, London EC4Y 8EQ, United Kingdom

RPT Committee meeting
October 26, 2015
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Glaziers Art Fair
October 27, 2015 to October 28, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Glaziers Hall, London SE1, UK

Annual Mithras Lecture
October 28, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN

London Green Woodwork Course
October 29, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Abney Park Cemetery Trust, South Lodge, Abney Park, Stoke Newington High St, London N16 0LH, United Kingdom

Agincourt 600 Service of Commemoration
October 29, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm at Westminster Abbey, 20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom

Finance and Standing Committee
November 4, 2015
11:30 am - 3:30 pm

London Green Woodwork Course
November 5, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Abney Park Cemetery Trust, South Lodge, Abney Park, Stoke Newington High St, London N16 0LH, United Kingdom

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