The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


A warm welcome at the Patronal Service

The annual service where members of the Company and their families come together to remember and celebrate the lives and fellowship of Company members no longer with us, was held for the first time since the pandemic on Thursday 25th November. Read more »

Wizardry in Wood, it’s a wrap!

A BIG thanks to all who contributed to Wizardry in Wood 2021. Despite the delays and the many hoops that had to be jumped due to Covid-19 and other factors, the exhibition was a huge success. Read more »

Prize winners from the Turning Competitions 2021

It was an incredible week at Wizardry in Wood with so many entries to the competitions, we were overwhelmed by the support from the wonderful woodturning community.  With more entries than we have ever had before, extra tables had to be brought in to provide enough space to show the work. Read more »

Public events

Midhurst Contemporary Craft Show

On 4th and 5th December, the highly-skilled designer-makers from Sussex and adjoining counties will provide a colourful feast of creativity to brighten the dark days of winter and provide inspiration for unique and personal Christmas gifts. Read more »

The City Christmas Fair

The City Christmas Fair has taken place every winter for 20 years, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy a day of luxurious shopping and unique events – all while supporting women’s health research. The fair will be opened by the Lady Mayoress at 11am on 6th December. Read more »

Advent & Christmas at St Bride’s Church

Come and join us this Advent and Christmas at St Bride's Church as we revisit the wonderful and hope-filled Christmas story in words and music from the fabulous St Bride's Choir. Various events in the run up to Christmas, click to see them all. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Court Dinner

All members of the Court and Masters Emeriti are invited, to join the Master, Wardens and their guests at the Court Dinner which will take place on Thursday 20th January 2022 at Tallow Chandlers' Hall. Read more »

Members only event

Livery Dinner at Trinity House

The Company’s Livery Dinner will be held at Trinity House on Monday 20th December, and we are delighted to announce that this year we again will be joined by the Lord Mayor. Please don't delay booking your places as the venue is slightly smaller than we are used to. Read more »

Members only event

The Musicians’ Company Carol Service

After joining a virtual carol service last year, the tradition of sharing the Musicians' Company Carol service at St Michael Cornhill Church is back. The service will be held on on Wednesday 15th December, and there will be a festive dinner afterwards at Saddlers' Hall. Read more »


Lady Gertrude Crawford, a remarkable turner

Lady Gertrude Eleanor Crawford was borne into an aristocratic family of turners but established her own mark as a lady turner at a time in history when it was very much a man’s world but proved she was as good as any of them. She was recognised by the Turners’ Company for her skill as […] Read more »

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 »

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

Melissa Scott was elected Master Turner on Ascension day, May 21st 2020, becoming the second lady Master Turner in 400 years. Technology has moved on since then to enable a virtual election via zoom which was very successful. 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 2020 edition is available to view now online. Read more »


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