The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


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Ray Key receives his British Empire Medal

On 4th November Ray Key, one of the premier figures in world turning, received his British Empire Medal (BEM) from The Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire at the Guildhall, Worcester.

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The Master’s Letter

My wife, Ann, and I are looking forward to the coming year and meeting as many of you as possible. We have a splendid programme of dinners, lunches and visits on our social calendar. The emphasis is not only on enjoyment but also giving to others, for which the Turners’ Company is justly famed and this year will be no exception.


The Magical Taxi Tour 2015

On a chilly Friday morning in September the Clerk and his passengers headed to Winter Gardens, Canary Wharf, for the Big Breakfast where the magic began. Many thanks to the Charity Committee and our Clerk the taxi driver, for giving Raihannah, Tasnia and Hassina a weekend in Disneyland Paris they will never forget.


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Members only event

Turners Company Livery Dinner

The Company's Livery Dinner will be held this year at Skinners' Hall on Wednesday 16th December.

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Members only event

The Worshipful Company of Musicians Carol Service

The Musicians' Company are sharing their annual carol service again with us this year to be held at St Michael's Cornhill on 9th December, followed by a Christmas dinner at Tallow Chandlers' Hall.

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.



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.


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December 14, 2015
  • Company Game Shoot
    December 14, 2015
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    at Hook Farm, Hook Ln, Bosham, Chichester PO18 8EY, United Kingdom

December 16, 2015
  • Livery Dinner
    December 16, 2015
    6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    at The Skinners Hall, 8 1/2 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2SP, United Kingdom

January 14, 2016
  • Visit to Temple Church
    January 14, 2016
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    at Temple Church, Temple, London EC4Y 7BB, United Kingdom

January 17, 2016
January 27, 2016
February 9, 2016
  • City Briefings
    February 9, 2016
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall

February 23, 2016
March 2, 2016

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