The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

Turners earn ‘Top Gun’ at Clay Pigeon Shoot

On 8-9th September 2020 the 26th Anniversary Annual Inter-Livery clay pigeon shooting competition was held at the coveted Holland & Holland shooting grounds in Northwood, Middlesex. The Turners team had much to live up to. Read more »

Latest Bulletin from the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor

I am sending you this bulletin in an unusual dual capacity, as both Lord Mayor and Lord Mayor Elect. On 30 September, at a COVID-secure gathering of Common Hall, I was humbled to be elected to serve a second term of office, which will start on 13 November. Read more »

Covid-19 resource hub

The office is closed, but the Company remains open for business. We are continuing to support our charities and are a signatory to the London Funders‘ Statement. The aim of this Covid-19 hub is to provide information and resources which may help turners and other craftspeople. Read more »

Public events

Virtual Literary Evening with Peter Day in conversation with Jon Drori

Jon’s recent book, "Around the World in 80 Trees" has been a surprise best-seller translated into 15 languages. He and Peter will talk about science, books, childhood botanical trips, the importance of the beauty of books... Read more »

London Green Wood, we can all find resilience in outdoor life

London Green Wood is a non-profit cooperative of woodworkers practising rural crafts in the city. Our aim is to encourage crafty-ness, creativity and self-reliance in everybody. Courses are available to book now. Read more »

Wizardry in Wood 2020 – postponed to 2021

Our wonderful 'Wizardry in Wood' exhibition planned for October at Carpenters' Hall will be postponed. But we are delighted to let you know this has been re-scheduled for 12-16 October 2021 at the same venue. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Wizardry in Wood Virtual Reception for Company Members

To mark the occasion of Wizardry in Wood that should have happened this year in Carpenters' Hall, it has been decided to hold a virtual event for members on Wednesday 30th September 2020. Read more »

Members only event

Patronal Service and Luncheon

This is the annual service held at St Brides Church, when members of the Company and their families come together to remember and celebrate the lives and fellowship of Company members no longer with us. This year it will be held on Thursday 26th November. Read more »

Members only event

Livery Luncheon

It is with regret that a decision has been made to cancel the Livery Luncheon which was due to have been held on 22nd September 2020. We look forward to the time when we can all meet again. Read more »

Features

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

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 »

Diary

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  • City Briefings
    November 9, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall, EC2V 5DH

November 10, 2020
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November 12, 2020
  • Handmade Chelsea in person
    November 12, 2020 to November 15, 2020
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EE, UK

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