The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


Congratulations to Vanessa Swann MBE

Freeman Vanessa Swann, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to British Craft in London. Rightly recognised for her 15 years leading the team at Cockpit, this award has been made as acknowledgement of her outstanding service to this creative community. Read more »

Woodturning and Tea at Hurlingham

In April, the Mistress Turner, Mrs Jo Neill, hosted a woodturning demonstration and tea party at the Hurlingham Club for 55 consorts. The guests were entertained by Les Thorne, a member of the Register of Professional Turners, and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Turners. Read more »

2018 Cockpit Arts Award launched

The Cockpit Arts & Turners' Company Award 2018 has just been launched. It provides a comprehensive package of workshop space and support by Cockpit Arts and the Turners’ Company. Targeted at both aspiring and established turners, applications must be submitted by Monday 26 March. Read more »

2018 Competitions — View, Love, Buy

View, Love, Buy 2018

An outstanding show of art and craftsmanship for one day only on Tuesday 27 November; at Carpenters Hall, City of London. Many works will be for sale - to collect, display and give as presents. Tickets are free and can be ordered in advance. Read more »

Turning Competitions 2018

The Worshipful Company of Turners has announced its 2018 Competitions. Judging takes place on Monday 26 November. All entries and winners will be displayed - and many will be for sale - at the free 'View Love, Buy' show at Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London the next day (Tuesday 27 November). 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 »

Public events

Eleanor Lakelin selected for Homo Faber, Venice

Turners' Cockpit Arts Award winner, Eleanor Lakelin has been selected by The Michelangelo Foundation for Homo Faber in Venice. This is an inspiring exhibition of rare craftsmanship, encounter master artisans and discover their multifaceted know-how through live demonstrations and virtual technology. Read more »

Cockpit Arts Open Studios

The Worshipful Company of Turners Cockpit Arts Award winners, Eleanor Lakelin and Darren Appiagyei, will be showing their work at the Open Studios in Deptford between 15th and 17th June. Don't miss this this perfect opportunity to buy direct from independent makers. Read more »

Joey Richardson exhibits at Society of Designer Craftsmen

The Society of Designer Craftsmen are celebrating 130 years with their Summer Exhibition, Hand of the Maker, to be held at Chelsea College of Art and Design, from 12th to 21st July 2018. Liveryman and QEST Scholar Joey Richardson, renowned for her delicate and richly hued wood forms, is exhibiting. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Guided Evening Stroll around Bloomsbury

From the Pre-Raphaelites to Virginia Woolf and beyond, Bloomsbury has been associated with artists, writers and louche behaviour. The Events Committee have arranged a relaxing, diverting, informative mid-summer stroll around this most interesting part of London. Read more »

Members only event

St Paul’s Bells Recital

Mezzo-soprano Karen Logan with accompanist Alex Aitken, will perform a programme of songs entitled ‘England through the Seasons’, on Thursday September 6th at 7.30 pm in Apothecaries' Hall, in aid of the Turners' Company St Paul's Bells Appeal, followed by a drinks reception. Read more »

Members only event

Summer Reception

As you know the sun always shines brightly and warmly on our Summer Reception so we will again enjoy wine and canapés in the special atmosphere of the Apothecaries’ Hall courtyard on Tuesday 17th July, at 6.30 pm after the Court meeting that day. Read more »


History of church bells

Bells are amongst the smallest, largest and loudest of musical instruments. First cast over 5,000 years ago, bells become common in the medieval monasteries of Europe. In the City of London, the Turners’ Company is closely linked to the bells of St Paul’s Cathedral, Bow Church and St Lawrence Jewry. Read more »

Ghenadi Vasiliev – 2017 Bursary Winner

Ghenadi Vasiliev was awarded a Turners' Company Bursary in 2017. This enabled him to study with four of the world's leading woodturners: Rod Page and Mark Sanger in the UK; and Steve Sinner and Joe Meirhaeghe in the USA. Ghenadi describes his experience in this report. Read more »

Richard Gardner Williams Sentiment 2018

The 71st Richard Gardner Williams Commemoration Banquet was held on 28th February 2018 in Apothecaries' Hall. Past Master John Bridgeman gave the Sentiment to celebrate the life and generosity of the principal benefactor of the Turners' Company. Read more »

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. 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 late father Sir Brian Neill (Master 1980) who was also Father of the Company (2015-2017). 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 »


June 25, 2018
June 28, 2018
July 12, 2018
July 17, 2018
  • Company Summer Reception
    July 17, 2018
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    at The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Black Friars Ln, London EC4V 6EJ, UK

August 10, 2018
September 6, 2018
  • st pauls bells recital
    September 6, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    at The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Black Friars Ln, London EC4V 6EJ, UK

September 14, 2018
  • Eleanor Lakelin exhibits in Venice
    September 14, 2018 to September 30, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at San Giorgio Maggiore, 30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

September 18, 2018
October 4, 2018
  • Handmade at Kew
    October 4, 2018 to October 7, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Kew, Richmond TW9, UK

October 12, 2018
  • Max Carey Turning Weekend
    October 12, 2018 to October 14, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Max Carey Woodturning Trust, 35 High St, Portishead, Bristol BS20 6AA, UK

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