The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

Congratulations to Paul Ferguson MBE

Liveryman Paul Ferguson has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year's Honour list for services to carving, gilding and conservation. One of the most challenging projects Paul has undertaken was the carving and gilding of one of the Carlton House Trophies for the Windsor Castle fire restoration. Read more »

Building Crafts College Awards

Congratulations to two graduates of the Building Crafts College, who received awards from the Turners' Company in November. Michael Pavlou is seen here receiving his award from Guest of Honour at the ceremony at Carpenters' Hall, the architect Mr Ingval Maxwell OBE.  Read more »

The Turners Company Livery Dinner 2017

The Worshipful Company of Turners welcomed the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, Charles Bowman and the Sheriffs of the City of London, Alderman Timothy Hailes JP and Alderman Neil Redcliffe JP, to their Livery Dinner held in the beautiful backdrop of Skinners’ Hall in the City of London. Read more »

2018 Competitions — View, Love, Buy

Turning Competitions 2018

The Worshipful Company of Turners has announced the launch of its 2018 Competitions, which will take place on Monday 26 November. The following day (Tuesday 27) all entries and winners will be displayed and many will be for sale at a free public exhibition at Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London. Read more »

Wizardry in Wood 2016

Held every 4 years, showcasing beautiful original works by over 70 of the world’s greatest contemporary craftsmen, Wizardry in Wood 2016 also featured the world-class Daniel Collection, the winners and entries to the Turners' Company's 2016 Competitions and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew collection. Read more »

Turning Competitions 2016

There were a record number of entries and many first time competitors for the Turners' Company 2016 Competitions. All the winners and entries were exhibited at Wizardry in Wood, held at Carpenters' Hall. The theme of the Turners' 2016 Open Competition was the Great Fire of London. Read more »

Public events

Lunchtime recitals at St Bride’s

St Bride's has held a lunchtime recital series for over 25 years. It's a wonderfully relaxing way to take a break and change your focus. Recitals are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 1.15 pm, admission is free and the recitals last for up to 45 minutes. Read more »

Yet More Trial And Error

This is the fourth-year performance of 'Yet More Trial and Error' the ever-popular theatrical fundraising Revue for the benefit of the Sheriffs’ & Record’s Fund and Pan Intercultural Arts. The Shows are being organised for the 3 nights of Mon-Wed 12th-14th March 2018 at the Central Criminal Court. Read more »

New Mills for Turnabout

This is the latest salt and pepper mill designed by Louise Hibbert, Wizardry In Wood 2016 exhibitor and competition winner. If you are travelling to the States between January and March next year, you will be able to see her work on display at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, Tennessee. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

United Guilds Service

This uplifting service in St Paul's started in 1943, when the twelve great Companies decided to hold an annual service in the City of London. In the presence of the Lord Mayor, the Sheriffs and Aldermen, it is one of the few occasions when all the Livery companies and Guilds gather together. Read more »

Members only event

Ypres and Battlefield Tour

To recognise the centenary of the cessation of hostilities in the First World war there will be a Company visit to Ypres and the surrounding battlefields on17th to 19th June 2018. The visit will include the Last Post at Menin Gate with a wreath laying party supplied by the Turners. Read more »

Members only event

The Richard Gardner Williams Banquet and Common Hall

The Richard Gardner Williams Banquet will be held on Wednesday 28th February at Apothecaries’ Hall.  The banquet is held in memory of the Company’s benefactor, Richard Gardner Williams whose legacy in 1931 provided the financial support to enable the Company to build and flourish. Read more »

Features

Cockpit Arts Turners Award recipient Darren Appiagyei tells his story

Darren Appiagyei looks set to be the face of a new generation of woodturners. Despite graduating only last year, his beautifully hand crafted pieces caught the eye of The Worshipful Company of Turners, which has pledged to support him during his first year at Cockpit Arts. Read more »

Bog-standard excellence

Nigel Fleckney prepares ancient timber reclaimed from fens and other hardwoods for use as furniture. Northamptonshire is caricatured as the “county of spires and squires”, its Jurassic limestone yielding the optimal raw material for church steeples and stately piles that weather the centuries. Read more »

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. Read more »

About the Company

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. Read more »

The Master’s Letter

Andrew Neill was elected Master Turner on Ascension Day, 25th May 2017, following in the footsteps of his Grandfather Sir Thomas Neill (Master 1931), and his father Sir Brian Neill (Master 1980) currently Father of the Company. Read his Masters' Letter ... Read more »

The Turner Magazine

The Turner is the annual magazine of the Turners' Company. Articles cover a wide range of subjects including the Company, its members, and its educational and charitable activities; the City of London; and the craft of turning. The June 2017 and earlier editions are hosted on Issuu. Read more »

Diary

February 28, 2018
March 12, 2018
  • Yet More Trial and Error
    March 12, 2018 to March 14, 2018
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    at Central Criminal Court, The Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EH, UK

March 16, 2018
  • UGS
    March 16, 2018
    9:00 am - 3:30 pm
    at St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK

March 20, 2018
April 26, 2018
  • Spring Dinner
    April 26, 2018
    6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    at Apothecaries' Hall, London

May 12, 2018
  • Bodgers Ball
    May 12, 2018 to May 13, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    at Weald & Downland Living Museum, Town Ln, Chichester PO18 0EU, UK

May 16, 2018
June 3, 2018
June 17, 2018
July 12, 2018
August 10, 2018

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