The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

Wonderful Summer Reception celebrating our new Master and Cockpit Awardees

A wonderful Summer Reception was had celebrating our new Master Dr Matthew Gaved and our Cockpit Arts Awardees Jason Lock, Arturo Soto, Darren Appiagyei and Mike Groves at the stunning Apothecaries' Hall. Read more »

Our retired Clerk wins the Turners’ Golf Day!

The Golf Section held the annual Turners’ Golf Day at Beaconsfield Golf Club on 29 June. A keen group of 13 liverymen and guests enjoyed a course in splendid condition and posted some excellent scores. Read more »

Deputy Master Melissa Scott shares her inspirations for her years as master 2020 – 22

By kind permission of Jay Heryet, guest editor of Woodturning Magazine, you can read here the now Deputy Master's reflections and inspirations during her time as Master Turner. 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

Turn a Wooden Bowl outdoors on a foot powered pole lathe

Learn how to turn a wooden bowl using a foot powered pole lathe at the London Greenwood woodland workshop in the city. Suitable for beginners and improvers, 27th August, book online. Read more »

Craft in Focus

Purchase from a stunning treasure trove of original and affordable designs created by some of the finest craftsmen and artists in the UK. Wood, textiles, paintings, furniture, metal, leather, ceramics, jewellery, glass, fashion and more, RHS Hyde Hall, 26 to 29 August Read more »

Sheep Drive and Livery Fair

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, on 25th September, the 2022 Sheep Drive will be led by the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor, Vincent Keaveny; also a Woolman – and our very special guest; farmer, best-selling author and one of the UK’s most-loved broadcasters, Kate Humble. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

The Musicians’ Company Annual Evensong

The Worshipful Company of Musicians are holding their Annual Evensong service at St. Paul’s Cathedral by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter, on Wednesday, 5th October at 5.00 pm. Read more »

Members only event

Simulating Talent through Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, A Seminar

The current Platinum Master’s year group had a Zoom call discussing Diversity and Inclusion at the end of March. The consensus from that discussion was that a follow up face to face seminar would be helpful. This will be held at Mercers' Hall on 21st July, all Liverymen welcome. Read more »

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 »

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

It is a great honour to have been elected Master of the Turners’ Company on Ascension Day, Thursday 26 May, in the Company’s 418th year. The Election Court included Master Emeritus Richard Levy, who introduced me to the Turners’ Company in 2006. 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 March 2022 edition is available to view now online. Read more »

Diary

August 26, 2022
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 8, 2022
  • Craft in Focus, Hever Castle
    September 8, 2022 to September 11, 2022
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG, UK

September 13, 2022
September 20, 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

October 5, 2022
November 9, 2022
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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