The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


The Turners Collection launched at St Pauls

Part of the Turners’ St Paul’s Bells Appeal involved inviting professional turners to create commemorative turned pieces from the old headstock wood that held the bells in place for 140 years and which had to be replaced.  It was decided to commission just a limited range of products. Read more »

Turning Competitions Winning Entries

The 2018 turning competitions were a huge success with over 1,000 visitors passing through the doors of Carpenters' Hall.  We were delighted to receive a substantial increase in the number of entries with over 200 items on display across the 12 categories. Read more »

Young People The Future of Woodturning

Concerned about the lack numbers of young people in Woodturning, the East Herts Club is taking steps to try to address this. In October, the East Herts club started a junior section for 13-18 year olds, on a different evening to the main club meeting. Read more »

2018 Competitions — View, Love, Buy

View, Love, Buy 2018

An outstanding show of art and craftsmanship for one day only on Tuesday 27 November; at Carpenters Hall, City of London. Many works will be for sale - to collect, display and give as presents. Tickets are free and can be ordered in advance. Read more »

Turning Competitions 2018

The Worshipful Company of Turners has announced its 2018 Competitions. Judging takes place on Monday 26 November. All entries and winners will be displayed - and many will be for sale - at the free 'View Love, Buy' show at Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London the next day (Tuesday 27 November). Read more »

Wizardry in Wood 2016

Held every 4 years, showcasing beautiful original works by over 70 of the world’s greatest contemporary craftsmen, Wizardry in Wood 2016 also featured the world-class Daniel Collection, the winners and entries to the Turners' Company's 2016 Competitions and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew collection. Read more »

Public events

Craft Central Winter Market At The Forge

Join Craft Central from 16th to 18th November for their seasonal craft makers-market being held in their new home, recently renovated The Forge. Commended for a New London Award, The Forge is a glorious, Grade II listed building with immense historical significance. Read more »

Armistice Centenary Events

With the Armistice Centenary on November 11 coinciding with Britain's Remembrance Sunday, the traditional ceremony at the Cenotaph will conclude with an expanded march-past. As part of the day’s commemorations, Britain and Germany are joining in a call for bells of all kinds to be rung globally. Read more »

Cockpit Arts Open Studios

Cockpit Arts Open Christmas Studios is a perfect opportunity to buy direct from independent makers, from craftspeople and artist-makers as well as a selected group of Cockpit Arts’ alumni. The Holborn studios are open from 23rd to 25th November, and Deptford from 30th November to 2nd December. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

The Turners’ Company Livery Dinner

The Company’s Livery Dinner will be held at Saddlers' Hall on Tuesday 18th December with the Lord Mayor in attendance. Please do note the change of venue and date for the dinner. This is a very popular event so please book your places early with the Clerk's office to avoid disappointment. Read more »

Winner of the Masters Competition, Maggie Wright

Members only event

Turning Competitions Private View & Reception

The Company launches it’s 2018 competitions and would like to invite members to a private view and reception on the evening of Monday 26th November, before the exhibition opens to the public the following day. Many items will be for sale along with some limited edition turned bells. Read more »

Members only event

Patronal Service and Luncheon

St Bride's Church is a magical space in which the beauty of its architecture, the power of the liturgy and the weight of history all meet and enrich each other. The annual service will be held here on Thursday 15th November, to remember and celebrate the lives of Company members no longer with us. 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 »

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


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 »


December 10, 2018
December 12, 2018
  • Musicians' Carol Service
    December 12, 2018
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    at St Michael Cornhill, St Michael's Alley, London EC3V 9DS, UK

December 13, 2018
December 18, 2018
February 11, 2019
March 29, 2019
  • Turners' Consort concert
    March 29, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DT, UK

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

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

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