The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

Wizardry in Wood

Methuselah Joey Richardson 2015 27x21cm sycamore from HM      The Queens estate Sandringham, acrylic colours

Buy Wizardry in Wood Exhibition Tickets

Wizardry in Wood is THIS WEEK from Wed 12th to Sat 15th October 2016. Tickets on-line through Eventbrite and on the door at Carpenters' Hall: Single £10 or Double £16 - including a 10% donation to the Turners' Company Charity.


Turning Competitions 2016 – Results

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



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.


Jack Darach, Turners’ Company QEST Scholar

Jack Darach is one of Britain’s leading young Woodwind Instrument Makers. He was awarded the QEST Turners’ Livery Company Prize for 2016. At the Turners’ Company Livery Lunch on 28th September he played a delightful instrumental solo on his own, beautifully crafted, Ganassi Recorder.


The amazing Automaton lathe

With the help of a £5,000 grant from the Turners' Company, the Science Museum has taken in hand the major restoration of a most dramatically ornate rose engine lathe from the eighteenth century. Mystery surrounds the origins of this machine, with its amazing rococo decoration.

Public events


‘And London Burned’ – The Great Fire Opera

'And London Burned' - A new opera to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London 1666. On Thursday 27 Oct 2016 7.30pm at Temple Church, Temple, London EC4Y 7BB. Followed by an optional Gala Dinner in Inner Temple Hall.


2016 Mithras Lecture

10th Annual Mithras Lecture on ‘Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilisation’ by James Stourton on Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 6pm at Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN. Organised by The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars.


House of Garrard Window Display by Joey Richardson

Congratulations to Joey Richardson, Liveryman and Queen Elizabeth Scholoarship Trust (QEST) Scholar for producing such a stunning display of 38 butterflies and 8 sculptures for the House of Garrard, London.

Members' events

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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 Monday 19th December.

St Bride's Church, Fleet Street

Members only event

Patronal Service and Luncheon

This year's Patronal Service and Lunch will held on Thursday 24th November at St Bride's Church. 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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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 Wednesday 14th December, followed by a Christmas dinner with the Musicians' Companyl.

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.

Nicholas Somers, Master 206-17

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.



London Turners and the Industrial Revolution

Between 1760 and 1850 Britain became the world's first industrial nation. The Turners’ Company was at the heart of the huge changes that took place - including innovations in engineering, the mechanisation of agriculture and massive investments in manufacturing, mining and transportation.


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.

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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.


October 20, 2016
October 27, 2016
November 2, 2016
  • City Briefings
    November 2, 2016
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall

November 8, 2016
November 11, 2016
  • Handmade in Britain
    November 11, 2016 to November 13, 2016
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Rd, London SW3 5EE, United Kingdom

November 12, 2016
  • Lord Mayors Show
    November 12, 2016
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at H.Q.S. Wellington, Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN, UK

November 15, 2016
November 24, 2016
  • Patronal Service and Lunch
    November 24, 2016
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8AU, United Kingdom

December 14, 2016
February 24, 2017
March 16, 2017
April 26, 2017

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