The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


New Year Bulletin from the RT Hon The Lord Mayor

I hope that as we enter 2021 you all remain safe and well after a break over Christmas. As January draws to a close the Lady Mayoress and I wish you a good New Year and hope that this year will be one which see all of us in the Livery build towards a recovery from COVID19. Read more »

Re-launch of Europe’s largest woodturning competitions – Call for Entries!

The competitions postponed from October 2020, will now go ahead at Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London on 12th October 2021. Emerging from over a year of pandemic and lockdowns, this event will be a beacon of hope for woodturners and woodturning enthusiasts alike. Read more »

Covid-19 resource hub

The office is closed, but the Company remains open for business. We are continuing to support our charities and are a signatory to the London Funders‘ Statement. The aim of this Covid-19 hub is to provide information and resources which may help turners and other craftspeople. Read more »

Public events

Wizardry in Wood October 2021

The Turners' Company present Wizardry in Wood 2021: combining art, beauty, mystery & skill, this exciting event returns to Carpenters' Hall, London from 13-16 October. Read more »

Which Way Water – 2050? Lecture

What will the world of water look like in 2050? How will cities future proof themselves in the face of increasing climate change and population growth? Which Way Water will take place on March 22nd 2021. Read more »

Collect: International Art Fair for Contemporary Craft and Design

Collect Art Fair will take place online from 26 February to 2 March 2021. Collect brings you a stunning group of specialist international galleries helping you discover some of the exceptional pieces on display. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Common Hall

Unfortunately, the Richard Gardner Williams Banquet will not go ahead as usual in February 2021, however Common Hall will be taking place via Zoom on February 25th, followed by virtual drinks Read more »

Members only event

Virtual Tour of King William Street Station

The London Transport Museum is hosting an exclusive virtual tour for the Turners' Company of the disused King William Street Station on Thursday 4th March starting promptly at 6.00 pm. Read more »

Members only event

Spring Dinner 2021 – cancelled

We are very sad to announce that Girdlers’ Hall has decided to stay closed for the foreseeable future, and therefore the Company Spring Dinner which was to be held on Thursday 22nd April is now cancelled. Read more »


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


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 »


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  • 27th Inter Livery Clay Shoot
    June 23, 2021
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Holland & Holland Shooting Grounds, Ducks Hill Rd, Northwood, Harefield, Northwood HA6 2ST, UK

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