The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

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.
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The Master’s Letter

It is a huge honour to be elected Master of the Worshipful Company of Turners, the 353rd in a very long line going back to the year of our Charter in 1604.
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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 December 2023 edition is available to view now online.
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News

Pancake Day at Guildhall

February 13th 2024 was Shrove Tuesday and the 20th Livery Pancake Race organised by the Poulters Company was due to take place. Regrettably rain prevented the races from taking place in the Guildhall yard, making the surface too slippery, however alternatives were arrived at
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John Boyne-Aitken receives British Empire Medal

Freeman of the Company, John Boyne-Aitken has received a British Empire Medal in the New Years Honours for his services to heritage crafts.  This is an amazing achievement and well deserved.
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Trinity College statue of Henry VIII given new sceptre to mark 75th birthday of King Charles III

A sceptre made by an international team at the 2023 Bodgers Ball to mark the coronation of King Charles III has been prominently displayed in the hand of a statue of Henry VIII at a Cambridge University college.
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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”.
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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 £240 to the Charitable Trust, and if, as a Freeman or Liveryman, you are not already doing this, please do so.
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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.
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Features

The Turners’ Company and the Crown Jewels

A Past Master of the Turners’ Company, Professor James Tennant, Mineralogist to Queen Victoria, supervised the recutting of the legendary Koh-i-Noor diamond. He transformed it from a large, flawed gem to the fabulous 105.6 carat oval brilliant to be seen in the Queen Mother’s Crown today.
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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 […]
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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.
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Diary

February 22, 2024
February 24, 2024
March 7, 2024
March 11, 2024
March 15, 2024
  • United Guilds Service
    March 15, 2024
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    at St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK

March 18, 2024
  • State Trial and Error
    March 18, 2024 to March 21, 2024
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    at Central Criminal Court, The, Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EH, UK

April 17, 2024
  • Spring Dinner
    April 17, 2024
    6:15 pm - 10:15 pm
    at Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Ln, London EC4M 7DD, UK

April 18, 2024
April 27, 2024
  • Max Carey weekend
    April 27, 2024 to April 28, 2024
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Max Carey Woodturning Trust, 35 High St, Portishead, Bristol BS20 6AA, UK

May 9, 2024
May 14, 2024
  • Pewter Live 2024
    May 14, 2024 to May 16, 2024
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Pewterers' Hall, Oat Ln, Barbican, London EC2V 7DE, UK

June 8, 2024
June 20, 2024
June 24, 2024
July 1, 2024
July 18, 2024
September 26, 2024
  • Court and M&C Lunch
    September 26, 2024
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    at Innholders' Hall, 30 College St, London EC4R 2RH, UK

September 29, 2024
September 30, 2024
October 8, 2024
November 9, 2024
November 21, 2024
December 16, 2024
  • Livery Dinner
    December 16, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    at Goldsmiths' Hall, London EC2V, UK

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