The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

Fundraising Success at the Big Curry Lunch

A team led by Paster Master Nic Somers established a new record for the Turners contribution to the Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch held at the Guildhall on 4th April. Grateful thanks go also to Gary Rance and Reg Hawthorne who turned the gift for HRH Prince Harry. Read more »

Woodturning and Tea at The Dutch Church

On Monday 1st April, the Mistress Turner, Mrs Lesley Batchelor welcomed 50 guests, all consorts from across the Livery, to a turning demonstration and tea party at the Dutch Church in London. Liveryman Les Thorne gave an entertaining and informative presentation and demonstration. Read more »

Eleanor Lakelin awarded a QEST Turners’ Company Scholarship

I was delighted to be awarded a QEST Scholarship in Autumn 2018 which has been possible with the support of the Worshipful Company of Turners and I am very proud to be known as a Turners’ Company Scholar. I applied for a grant in order to develop my understanding of working at a larger scale. Read more »

Public events

‘Wood’ at The Scottish Gallery

Wood is an exhibition at The Scottish Gallery showcasing a number of artists who primarily use wood to make beautiful, sensitive and expressive work. Bursary award winner Eleanor Lakelin will be showing her work at the show which is open from 3rd April to 27th April 2019. Read more »

Lent & Easter at St Bride’s Church

You are warmly invited to join us at St Bride's Church, either by coming to our special services, or by participating in one of the other suggested activities that we have on offer this year. You can read a Lent Book, or simply listen to beautiful, thought provoking music. Read more »

Handmade Oxford

Join thousands of arts lovers at Handmade Oxford – The International Contemporary Arts Festival for a celebration of craft, design, fine art, sculpture, slow living and artisan food, to be held at Waterperry Gardens, Oxford from 27th to 30th June. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

A Night at the Opera, with a difference!

No – not a Marx Brother’s evening – instead, join us for an opera-themed dinner at London’s Bel Canto restaurant, near Lancaster Gate on Thursday 13th June. The Bel Canto serves fine French food in a warm and intimate dining room, served by a team of fantastic, young, singing waiters. Read more »

Members only event

Visit to Bletchley Park

A group visit has been arranged to Bletchely Park in Buckinghamshire, the home of the WW11 team that broke the enigma code (and so much more). Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance. The visit on June 29th will conclude with a splendid afternoon tea. Read more »

Members only event

Spring Dinner

Ever wondered what the inside of a hall owned by one of the Great 12 would look like? Well wonder no more for this year the Spring Dinner will be held at Grocers’ Hall on Thursday 9th May 2019 at 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Bookings now available via the members area. Read more »

Features

The Turners’ Consort

The Turners’ Company charity has commissioned a ‘consort’ of eight turned medieval-style recorders. Made by Tim Cranmore, one of the UK’s leading instrument makers, the Turners' Consort will be loaned to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for teaching and student performances. 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 »

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

David Batchelor was elected Master Turner on Ascension day, May 10th 2018. He is the 349th person to be Master and possibly the first Man of Kent under our Charter of 1604. "I think shock and awe are the best ways to express my feelings". Read his letter here. Read more »

The Turner Magazine

The Turner is the annual magazine of the Turners' Company. Subjects include the Company and its members, the craft of turning, educational and charitable activities and the City of London. The July 2018 and earlier editions (2014-2017) are hosted on Issuu for easy on-line viewing. Read more »

Diary

April 23, 2019
April 30, 2019
  • Fire Lecture 2019
    April 30, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    at The Aviva Building, Saint Helen's, 1 Undershaft, London EC3P 3DQ

May 1, 2019
  • Distillers' City Debate
    May 1, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    at Bank of America Merrill Lynch King Edward Hall, 2 King Edward Street London, EC1A 1HQ

May 8, 2019
  • Bodgers Ball
    May 8, 2019 to May 12, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

May 9, 2019
  • Spring Dinner
    May 9, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    at Grocers Hall, Princes St, London EC2R 8AD, UK

May 15, 2019
  • City Briefings
    May 15, 2019
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall, EC2V 5DH

May 16, 2019
  • Prince Arthur Cup (Golf)
    May 16, 2019
    9:00 am - 6:15 pm
    at Walton Heath Golf Club, Walton on the Hill, Tadworth KT20 7TP, UK

May 18, 2019
  • Weird and Wonderful Wood
    May 18, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Haughley Park Haughley, Haughley, Stowmarket IP14 3JY, UK

June 8, 2019
June 9, 2019
June 13, 2019
June 14, 2019
  • Newson Smith Golf Day
    June 14, 2019
    9:00 am - 10:00 am
    at East Berks Golf Club, Ravenswood Ave, Crowthorne RG45 6BD, UK

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