The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

The Children’s Magical Taxi Tour to Disneyland Paris

After an absence of three years the Children’s Magical Taxi Tour returned with a bang over the weekend of 16th – 18th September 2022. Once again Alex Robertson had the honour and privilege of driving the taxi sponsored by the Company’s Charity Committee. Read more »

Turners’ Company Cockpit Arts Award winner announced

Each year the Company awards studio space and business training at Cockpit Arts in South London to aspiring turners. The 2022/23 awardee is Zoe Worton who recently graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University as an artist, designer and maker. Read more »

Proclamation of Royal Accession

The Turners Company was represented by Upper Warden Nigel Luson, Renter Warden Christopher Scott and Clerk Niall Macnaughton at the formal Proclamation of Accession of King Charles III from the steps of the Royal Exchange in the City. 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

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2022

Bringing together 136 of the UK’s most extraordinary silversmiths and goldsmiths, this year’s Fair will not disappoint. From wire work to 3D printing, traditional goldsmithing to intricate engraving, the 40th anniversary exhibitors combine ancient techniques with modern day technologies. Read more »

The Lord Mayor’s Show

The Lord Mayor's Show will take place on Saturday 12th November, starting from Mansion House, moving to the Royal Courts via St Paul's Cathedral, and coming back in the early afternoon via the Embankment and Victoria Street. Read more »

Wren Talk: Sir Christopher Wren before Architecture

This year’s Wren Talk on Thursday 20th October at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, will be given by Rory Coonan, former director of architecture at the Arts Council of Great Britain, and honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Patronal Service and Lunch

To be held on 24th November at St Bride's Church, this is the annual service when members of the Company and their families come together to remember and celebrate the lives and fellowship of Company members no longer with us. Read more »

Members only event

Max Carey Trust Weekend of Turning

We have again arranged for Company members to receive a weekend of tuition in woodturning at the Max Carey Trust, Portishead from 4th to 6th November 2022. All abilities can be accommodated from absolute beginner to very proficient. Read more »

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 »

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 »

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  • 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

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