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 was a huge honour to be elected as Master of the Company on Ascension Day, May 9th. Having spent my career at the Bank of England, the City of London is in my blood. So it is a privilege to continue my association with the City and to play a small part in keeping its traditions alive.
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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

Turners Award at Cockpit Arts, Apply Now!

The Turners’ Award is for an aspiring or established turner working in wood or other materials. The Award includes a year’s studio space, the use of a lathe and workbench and access to the brand-new Wood Hub in Cockpit Deptford.
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Bursary Awards for 2024, Apply Now!

In 2024 the Turners’ Company is offering Bursaries to help talented turners develop their skills and to move to a higher level of achievement. Applicants need to present a clear plan of how the award will advance their work and raise the profile of the craft. A total of £12,000 is available.
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Latest Woodturning Certificate Course in Scotland

The Certificate in Woodturning Course is designed to provide training which develops the basic woodturning skills necessary to become competent at woodturning. This new eight day Certificate in Woodturning course will be run by Darren Crisp at Shawsburn Woodturning Studio in Scotland from September.
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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

June 27, 2024
June 29, 2024
July 1, 2024
July 2, 2024
  • Turners Summer Golf Day
    July 2, 2024
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    at Cuddington Golf Club, Banstead Rd, Banstead SM7 1RD, UK

July 11, 2024
July 18, 2024
July 23, 2024
July 29, 2024
September 19, 2024
September 24, 2024
  • Goldsmiths Fair 2024
    September 24, 2024 to September 29, 2024
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Goldsmiths' Hall, London EC2V, UK

September 26, 2024
  • Court and M&C Lunch
    September 26, 2024
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    at Watermen's Hall, Company of Watermen and Lightermen, 16-18 St Mary at Hill, London EC3R 8EF, UK

September 29, 2024
September 30, 2024
October 1, 2024
  • Goldsmiths Fair 2024
    October 1, 2024 to October 6, 2024
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Goldsmiths' Hall, London EC2V, UK

November 7, 2024
November 8, 2024
  • Silent Ceremony
    November 8, 2024
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    at Guildhall, 71 Basinghall St, London EC2V 7HH, UK

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

April 28, 2025
  • Spring Dinner
    April 28, 2025
    6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    at Butchers' Hall, 87 Bartholomew Cl, London EC1A 7EB, UK

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