The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

Turners spring to pastures new

Members and their guests enjoyed a fabulous night at Grocers' Hall for their spring dinner.  This was the first time the Company had held a dinner at Grocers' Hall, and it provided a splendid venue. Read more »

He flies through the air with the greatest of ease!

The Master, David Batchelor, and The Clerk, Alex Robertson would like to thank all who helped them raise in excess of £2,500 in aid of youth training in the craft of woodturning. Here is a report of their skydive... Read more »

The Master and Clerk are jumping for Youth Training

On Wednesday 8th May 2019, the Master Turner, David Batchelor, has decided to celebrate the near completion of his year in office by throwing himself out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft at 13,500 feet. The Clerk, Alex Robertson, will join him on the major 'down!' Read more »

Public events

Exhibition of the AWGB Ray Key collaboration

After Ray Key passed away, his wife, Liz, with some help from Reg Hawthorne and Paul Hannaby, found a number of part-turned items in his workshop. These pieces have been sent to a number of internationally renowned turners to finish in their own style, and can be viewed at Nature in Art, Gloucester. Read more »

‘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 »

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

Meet Tim Cranmore at The Summer Reception

The Company will hold a reception at Apothecaries Hall on 17th July at 6.30 pm, after the Court meeting that day. Please book your place(s) through the members area and bring friends and family with you. This is an opportunity to watch Recorder Maker of the Turners' Consort, Tim Cranmore at work. Read more »

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 »

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

May 30, 2019
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

June 27, 2019
  • Handmade in Oxford
    June 27, 2019 to June 30, 2019
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    at Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry, Oxford OX33 1LA, UK

June 29, 2019
July 1, 2019
July 2, 2019
July 9, 2019
  • Turners Company Golf Day
    July 9, 2019
    9:00 am - 10:00 am
    at Beaconsfield Golf Club, Seer Green, Beaconsfield HP9 2UR, UK

July 17, 2019
July 19, 2019

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