The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

A Message from The Master – Covid 19 Response

In these uncertain and unsettling times, it is entirely natural to retreat to where we feel most comfortable, whether that is to our families, our close friends or to communities with whom we have a common bond. Read more »

Young Turners Training & Development Programme

The first ‘Official’ Young Turners Training days (referred by some as ‘Youth Training’) was held in the workshop of Stuart Mortimer in August 2006. Since then Training days have been held in various locations throughout the UK, The latest was held on the 22nd February at the workshop of Les Thorne. Read more »

Woodturning and tea at the Hurlingham Club

On Monday 9th March, the Mistress Turner, Mrs Liz Sindall welcomed 60 guests, mainly consorts from across the Livery, to a turning demonstration and tea party at The Hurlingham Club in London. Over £300 were raised for Youth Turning. Read more »

Public events

Green Woodwork Courses in London

For all those with a yearning to get carving, the best way to get involved in the Abney Park workshop is to join an Introduction to green woodwork course. After you have learnt the art, there are many more skills to develop. Read on to see how you can get carving. Read more »

Wizardry in Wood 2020

Some of the UK's leading turners will be exhibiting at Wizardry in Wood 2020, to be held in Carpenters' Hall from 14th to 17th October. In addition all entries to the Company's 2020 Competitions will be displayed, along with live demonstrations, talks and special events. Read more »

The Sound of Craft at London Craft Week

A London Craft Week event by the Heritage Crafts Association in collaboration with the VOCES8 Centre, St Anne & St Agnes Church, London on Thursday 30th April, in support of the endangered craft of musical instrument making. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Spring Dinner 2020 – Cancelled

Very sadly, the Spring Dinner which was due to be held at Girdlers’ Hall on Thursday 23rd April 2020 at 6.30pm for 7.00pm has been cancelled. Read more »

Members only event

United Guilds’ Service – Cancelled

The United Guilds Service due to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 27th March has been cancelled. If you have paid for this event, we will be issuing refunds. Read more »

Members only event

RPT AGM and Craft Meeting – Cancelled

The Company was due to be hosting the RPT for their AGM and Craft meeting on 24th March. This event sadly has been cancelled, apologies to everyone who had planned to attend. 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

Andrew Sindall was elected Master Turner on Ascension day, May 30th 2019. He is the 350th Master in an unbroken line going back to the aptly named John Turner in 1604. 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 2019 edition is available to view now online. Read more »

Diary

April 23, 2020
  • Spring Dinner
    April 23, 2020
    6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    at Girdlers' Hall

May 5, 2020
May 20, 2020
  • City Briefings
    May 20, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall, EC2V 5DH

May 21, 2020
  • Election Court
    May 21, 2020
    4:00 pm - 10:45 pm
    at Apothecaries' Hall, Black Friars Ln, London EC4V 6ER, UK

June 19, 2020
  • Stour Music Festival
    June 19, 2020 to June 28, 2020
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at All Saints' Church, Boughton Aluph, Ashford TN25 4EU, UK

September 15, 2020
  • City Briefings
    September 15, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall, EC2V 5DH

September 27, 2020
October 9, 2020
November 9, 2020
  • City Briefings
    November 9, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall, EC2V 5DH

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