The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


Women in turning at Wizardry in Wood, October 2021

Woodturning has never been so accessible as it is now, but not enough people know about it; we want to shout out about how creative, exciting and fulfilling working with timber and a woodturning lathe can be; with its, seemingly, endless possibilities. Come see for yourself at Wizardry in Wood! 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 »

Woodturning at the City Livery Club Lunch in the presence of Royalty

HRH The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO QSO, an Honorary Member of the City Livery Club, was principal guest at their Annual Civic Luncheon. Past Master Turner Nicholas Somers presented Her Royal Highness with the Club’s ‘ Root & Branch 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award’. 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

Livery Luncheon

The Company Livery Lunch for Liverymen and Court Members will be held in Apothecaries Hall on Tuesday 21st September. This is an informal lunch for Liverymen and their guests and an ideal time to introduce potential new members to the Company. Read more »

Members only event

Company Reception at Wizardry in Wood

The Company will hold a Reception at Wizardry in Wood for all members on Thursday 14th October between 6 and 8pm at Carpenters' Hall. This is an ideal opportunity for you to introduce family and friends to the wonders of our craft and view some of the UK's most skilled and creative woodturners. Read more »

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 »


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 »


November 5, 2021
  • Company Turning weekend
    November 5, 2021 to November 7, 2021
    3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    at Max Carey Woodturning Trust, 35 High St, Portishead, Bristol BS20 6AA, UK

November 25, 2021
December 15, 2021
December 20, 2021
  • Livery Dinner
    December 20, 2021
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    at Trinity House, Trinity Square, London EC3N 4DH, UK

June 17, 2022

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