The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

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 »

Cockpit Makes UK Top 100 Again

For the second year running Cockpit Arts has been recognised as one of the UK’s top 100 social enterprises in the NatWest SE100 Index 2020. Read more »

Coronovirus, lessons from Eyam

Past Master Edward Sawney used to live near the village of Eyam and has shared this fascinating BBC article, which draws comparisons with our current times. The people of Eyam isolated themselves when the plague arrived in 1665 and stopped the spread of the disease. Read more »

Public events

Online Worship at St Bride’s Church

Covid-19 has changed our ministry at St Bride's in unexpected ways. Our worship has moved online with services at 11am & 5:30pm each Sunday. These are streamed live on Facebook, or are available on our website. Read more »

Wizardry in Wood 2020

We are looking forward to and currently still planning for Wizardry in Wood to be held in Carpenters' Hall from 14th to 17th October 2020. During this current crisis nothing is certain however, and we will provide a further update in June. Read more »

Livery Hall virtual tours

Three of the City’s Livery Halls offer an online virtual ’tour’ of their respective hall. While the tours aren’t guided, they do provide the opportunity to browse around the halls at leisure. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Patronal Service and Luncheon

This is the annual service held at St Brides Church, 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. This year it will be held on Thursday 26th November. Read more »

Members only event

Wizardry in Wood Reception for Company Members

Company members will be invited to an evening reception at Wizardry in Wood 2020 on Thursday 15th October from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm, where the 'art and the mysterie' of the turner's craft will be on show. Read more »

Members only event

Summer Reception

The Company are following government guidelines closely at this current time, and the safety of our members is a priority. Therefore, the planned Summer Reception may have to be cancelled. Please keep checking back for news on this. Read more »

Features

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 »

Ghenadi Vasiliev – 2017 Bursary Winner

Ghenadi Vasiliev was awarded a Turners' Company Bursary in 2017. This enabled him to study with four of the world's leading woodturners: Rod Page and Mark Sanger in the UK; and Steve Sinner and Joe Meirhaeghe in the USA. Ghenadi describes his experience in this report. 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

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 2019 edition is available to view now online. Read more »

Diary

June 5, 2020
June 19, 2020
July 2, 2020
September 9, 2020
September 15, 2020
  • City Briefings
    September 15, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall, EC2V 5DH

September 27, 2020
October 9, 2020
October 13, 2020
October 15, 2020
November 9, 2020
  • City Briefings
    November 9, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall, EC2V 5DH

November 26, 2020
December 14, 2020
  • Livery Dinner
    December 14, 2020
    6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    at Skinners' Hall, 8 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2SP, UK

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