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.

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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.

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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.

News

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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 www.eleanorlakelin.co.uk.

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Recognition for Company Members

We are delighted to announce that Freeman Ray Key, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM), and Assistant Bill O'Leary has been awarded the Queens Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM). Many congratulations to both.

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Liveryman Joey Richardson wins QEST award

Many congratulations to Liveryman and Turner Joey Richardson, who has won this years prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Award.

Events

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Members only event

Election of the Lord Mayor

The election of the Lord Mayor will take place on Tuesday 29th September 2015 at Guildhall. This is an extremely popular and traditional livery event, where you can exercise your right as a liveryman to vote in the election.

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The Friends of St George’s Battlefield Tour To Normandy

The Friends of St George are arranging a battlefield tour to Normandy over the period 7-10 September 2015. This was clearly a popular choice for those of who went to Ypres in 2013 and Turners members are invited to join the tour this year.

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London Bridge Sheep Drive 2015

Freemen of the City of London exercise their ancient right to drive sheep across London Bridge this year on Sunday 27th September.

Features

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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.

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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.

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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.

Diary

The Friends of St George's Battlefield Tour to Normandy
September 7, 2015 to September 11, 2015
12:00 am - 12:00 am at Caen, France

Finance and Standing Committee
September 9, 2015
11:30 am - 4:00 pm at The Skinners Hall, 8 1/2 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2SP, United Kingdom

Decorex International 2015 featuring Eleanor Lakelin
September 20, 2015 to September 23, 2015
10:00 am - 6:00 pm at Syon Park, Greater London, UK

Agincourt 600 Gala Banquet
September 22, 2015
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm at Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH, United Kingdom

Woolmen's Sheep Drive 2015
September 27, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm at London Bridge, London, United Kingdom

Election of Lord Mayor
September 29, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm at Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH, United Kingdom

Court and Livery Lunch
October 1, 2015
11:00 am - 4:00 pm at The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Black Friars Lane, London EC4V 6EJ, United Kingdom

Reflections of the Lord Mayor, Dame Fiona Woolf
October 5, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Little Ship Club, Bell Wharf Lane, Upper Thames Street, London EC4R 3TB, United Kingdom

St Bride's Church Olsen Lecture
October 5, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8AU, United Kingdom

HMS Sultan Companies Visit Day
October 8, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

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

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