The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


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 »

Bulletin from the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, 7 May 2021

Since I last wrote to you at Easter we had the sad news of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip was a fantastic champion for the UK and the City of London over more than seven decades, and an active supporter of the Livery. Read more »

The Cockpit Arts / Turners’ Company Award

This Award is for an aspiring or established turner i.e., someone who practices the art and craft of turning on a lathe in wood or other materials. The Award will help the selected turner by providing the space and time to grow their business. 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 »

Art & Ornament – Exhibition

The Master Carvers’ Association, initiators and founder members of The Grinling Gibbons Society and Tercentenary National Festival, present Art & Ornament, a multidiscipline exhibition of current practice by members and friends, from 2nd August until 5th September. Read more »

Eleanor Lakelin’s Solo Show ‘UnEarthed’ at Sarah Myerscough Gallery

Sarah Myerscough Gallery is delighted to present Eleanor Lakelin's first UK solo show at the gallery in June 2021. Ostensibly abstract, Eleanor's vessel-shaped sculptures abound in metaphorical resonance. They speak to the hand and to the soul, conjuring sensory imaginings and visual narratives. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Inter-Livery Tennis Competition

The Feltmakers’ Inter-Livery Tennis Competition will be held on Monday 13th September 2021 at the Hurlingham Club. The competition will be followed by dinner in the Hurlingham Club when the Master of the Feltmakers’ Company will present prizes to the winners and the runners-up. Read more »

Members only event

Puttshack Bank mini golf event

Celebrating the end of formal lockdown the Turners company have booked 18 holes of tech-enabled mini-golf at Puttshack Bank on 28th July. Like the Christmas magician this event will be suitable for Turners and for younger relations who can also wield a club. Read more »

Members only event

Summer Dinner

To celebrate the anticipated lifting of the Government’s pandemic restrictions, it has been decided to upgrade the customary Summer Reception to a Summer Dinner, to be held at Apothecaries Hall on Tuesday 20th July. Timings will be 6.30 for 7.15 pm. 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 »


July 28, 2021
August 2, 2021
August 4, 2021
August 20, 2021
  • Golf - Prince Arthur Cup
    August 20, 2021
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    at Walton Heath Golf Club, Deans Lane, Walton-on-the-Hill, Walton on the Hill, Tadworth KT20 7TP, UK

August 23, 2021
August 24, 2021
  • Brigantes Breakfast
    August 24, 2021
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    at The Garden Rooms at Tennants, The Auction House, Harmby Rd, Leyburn DL8 5SG, UK

September 13, 2021
September 15, 2021
September 16, 2021
  • Handmade Oxford
    September 16, 2021 to September 19, 2021
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry, Oxford OX33 1LA, UK

September 17, 2021
September 26, 2021
October 12, 2021

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