The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


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Bursary Awards Request for Applications 2017

For 2017, The Turners’ Company is offering one or more Bursaries, worth up to a combined value of £10,000, to assist talented woodturners to develop their craft skills and to move to a higher level of achievement. Applications must be received by the Turners’ Company Clerk before 15th May 2017.

The Turners Company Livery Dinner 2016

The Company welcomed the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley and the Sheriffs of the City of London to their Livery Dinner held at Skinners’ Hall. The Master Turner presented the Lord Mayor with a turned laburnham vessel by one of the greatest past Turners, the late Bert Marsh.

Certificates in Turning for Orchard Workshop students

Students at Orchard Workship near Bristol recently completed their Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) course and received their Certificates in Turning from the Master of the Turners' Company Nicholas Somers.

Public events

St Bride’s Tom Olsen Lecture with Nick Clegg, 29th March

"Brexit, Trump and the politics of fear: is populism here to stay?" With the backdrop of Brexit, increasing attention is being drawn to the politics of identity, populism and nationalism in the UK, Europe and around the world. St Bride's is delighted to welcome Nick Clegg for the Tom Olsen Lecture.

A Taste of Cockpit Arts, 28th March

Cockpit Arts is holding an informal evening for makers interested in applying for a place at its studios in central and south London. If you’re looking to grow your business and creative practice, whether as artist-maker or batch producer, come along and find out more.

London’s Baking!

Inspired by Thomas Farrier and his bakery, the starting place of the Great Fire, this free exhibition tells the story of London's bakers and their cakes, bread and puddings from 1666 to the 20th-century. Discover recipes from 1700 to take away and bake!

Members' events

Members only event

United Guilds Service, 31st March

This uplifting annual Service originated in 1943, when at a meeting of the Twelve Great Companies it was decided to hold a service to lift spirits in the City following the Blitz. The Select Preacher this year will be the Right Reverend Christopher Chessun, The Bishop of Southwark. Ticketed event.

Members only event

Register of Professional Turners AGM and Craft Meeting, March 28th

Photo: Liveryman Reg Hawthorne RPT. The Company will again be hosting the RPT for their AGM and Craft meeting. Members of the Company interested in hearing more about the craft are invited to join members of the Register for lunch and to stay for the craft meeting.

Members only event

Dowgate Fire Station Visit – New Date 8th June

A new date has been organised for the Company visit to the Dowgate Fire Station, the last remaining, fully operational, fire station in the City of London. There is a full programme of events followed by lunch. If you would like to go on the visit please register your interest with the office.

About the Company


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.

The Master’s Letter

Nicolas Somers was elected Master of the Worshipful Company of Turners on Ascension Day, 5th May 2016. In 2004 he was invited by Ray Key to the first Wizardry in Wood exhibition and then introduced to the Company by Penrose Halson, our first Lady Master. Read his Masters' Letter ...

Latest issue of The Turner

The latest issue of The Turner has just been published.

Wizardry in Wood

The Daniel Collection at Wizardry

Shirley Sinclair and Jonathon Cuff have created one of the UK’s largest private collections of modern woodturning. At Wizardry, Forty eight works formed a curated display of the skill, range and creativity of contemporary UK and international craftsmen.

View the Catalogue

"I trust that everyone who visits Wizardry in Wood leaves with a greater appreciation of turned wood and timbers than when they first arrived. Whatever your particular interests, I trust that you will enjoy your visit" Nic Somers, Master

Turning Competitions 2016 – The Results

There were over 200 entries to the Turners' Company's 2016 Competitions. See the results and winners.


London Turners and Woodwind Heritage

There was an explosion of secular music in the Renaissance Period. For almost two centuries, London woodwind instrument making was dominated by a network of over 140 London Turners. John Bridgeman explores the fascinating development of the English recorder from Henry VIII to the present day.

REME and The Turners’ Company

The Turners' Company has had a close relationship with REME since its formation in May 1942, in the middle of WWII. But the role of turners in supporting the army goes back to much earlier times, when mediaeval siege engines like the Trubuchet played a major role in warfare, explains John Bridgeman.

The Turners and the Navy

The turners' craft has had a huge influence on world events from the very earliest days of sail. Archimedes invented the compound pulley in about 250 BC. More recently, wooden bearings were used on the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine. John Bridgeman tells the story ...


March 28, 2017
March 29, 2017
March 30, 2017
March 31, 2017
  • United Guilds Service
    March 31, 2017
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    at St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK

April 7, 2017
April 25, 2017
April 26, 2017
  • Ladies Dinner
    April 26, 2017
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    at Apothecaries Hall, Blackfriars, London

May 3, 2017
  • The Lord Mayor's Ascot Race Day
    May 3, 2017
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at The Pavilion Restaurant, Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berks

  • London Craft Week
    May 3, 2017 to May 7, 2017
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London WC1N 2NP, UK

May 10, 2017
May 11, 2017
  • Woodworks
    May 11, 2017
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    at Daventry Leisure Centre, Lodge Rd, Daventry NN11 4FP, UK

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