The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

Platinum Jubilee Processional Cross Gifted to the Queen

It was with great honour and pride that Joey Richardson turned and embellished the shaft for the Platinum Jubilee Processional Cross used in the Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Pauls Cathedral. Joey selected the oak, from HM The Queen's Estate Sandringham. Read more »

Livery Companies competing on the golf course

A team of 4 Turners joined teams from 45 other livery companies to compete for the prestigious Prince Arthur Cup on 19 May at Walton Heath golf club. Over 36 holes were played in a classic foursomes format, our best showing was Les Thorne and Nigel Luson coming 6th on the New Course. Read more »

Turners will be at the Becket Pageant for London

Come visit the turners stand at the Becket Pageant in Guildhall Yard on 17th and 18th June, where Amy Leake will be demonstrating the fascinating craft of pole lathe turning.  This is a free event involving a Livery Crafts Fair, open from 11 am to 4 pm. Read more »

Charity

The Turners’ Company Charity

For 400 years (from bread for the poor in Ludgate in the 1600s, to supporting students suffering ‘device poverty’ during Covid 19), the Company’s history describes how, from its earliest days “the Turners, in common with most other Livery Companies, inherited a tradition of charity and benevolence”. Read more »

How you can support the Charity

On joining the Company, every Freeman is asked to promise that they will give an annual sum of at least £150 to the Charitable Trust, and if, as a Freeman or Liveryman, you are not already doing this, please do so. Read more »

Support & donations in 2020 & 2021

Throughout the 2020-2021 pandemic, the Charity has supported a number of good causes, including Livery Schools Link, a fundraising campaign to help buy laptops and tablets for the most disadvantaged students in secondary schools who are suffering device poverty. Read more »

Public events

Household Division Military Musical Spectacular

The annual Military Musical Spectacular is an annual concert performed on the Horse Guards Parade each year. This year the event will take place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July, Horse Guards Parade Ground at 7:30pm. Read more »

‘Ye Leaves Be Green’ Concert

Programme devised and directed by Professor Ian Wilson, this is the final concert in the GGS's concert series 'A Musical Celebration of Grinling Gibbons'. To be held in St Mary Abchurch, on 23rd June, tickets are £15, payable on the door only, pre booking via email essential. Read more »

London’s Turbulent Son – a musical

As part of the Becket Pageant for London, 'London's Turbulent Son' is a thrilling modern musical interpretation of the dramatic life of former Patron Saint of London, Thomas Becket, inspired by an historic guild Pageant of 1519. Performances on June 17th and 18th, booking required. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Livery Luncheon

To be held on 27th September, this is an informal lunch for Liverymen and their guests and an ideal time to introduce potential new members to the Company. There will be an opportunity to welcome our new Liverymen who will have been presented with the livery at the Court meeting preceding the lunch. Read more »

Members only event

Court and Summer Reception

Be prepared to be wowed at the Company Summer Reception on 14th July where you will be able to view and purchase work from our bursary award winners 2022. We will again enjoy wine and canapes in the special atmosphere of Apothecaries' Hall courtyard.  Read more »

Members only event

Election of Sheriffs

All Liverymen are invited to attend Common Hall at Guildhall, on Friday 24 June for the Election of the Sheriffs. The office of the Sheriff is the oldest civic office in the City (older even than the office of the Lord Mayor itself). Tickets are limited to 30, so book early to avoid disappointment. 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

June 30, 2022
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July 5, 2022
July 14, 2022
  • Court & Summer Reception
    July 14, 2022
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    at Apothecaries' Hall, The Warehouse, 10 Black Friars Ln, London EC4V 6ER, UK

September 6, 2022
  • The Glasgow in London Dinner
    September 6, 2022
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    at Plaisterers' Hall, One London Wall, 1 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5JU, UK

September 13, 2022
September 25, 2022
September 27, 2022
  • Livery Luncheon
    September 27, 2022
    12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    at Saddlers' Hall, 40 Gutter Ln, London EC2V 6BR, UK

November 21, 2022
  • Red Cross Guildhall Market
    November 21, 2022 to November 22, 2022
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    at Guildhall, 71 Basinghall St, London EC2V 7HH, UK

November 24, 2022
  • Patronal Service and Lunch
    November 24, 2022
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    at Apothecaries' Hall, The Warehouse, 10 Black Friars Ln, London EC4V 6ER, UK

December 15, 2022

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