The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

The Turners’ Company Livery Dinner

The Worshipful Company of Turners welcomed the Sheriffs of the City of London, Alderman Professor MIchael Mainelli and Christopher Hayward CC to their Livery Dinner held in the stunning Skinners' Hall in the City of London. Read more »

Fundraising for the British Red Cross

With kind donations from members of the Register of Professional Turners and various woodturning clubs, the Turners' Company set up a stand at the Guildhall Christmas market in London, and with volunteers from the Company working hard, an incredible £4,200 was raised for the British Red Cross. Read more »

Turners at Harrogate

The Turners' Company were at the Harrogate woodworking show in mid November, supporting the Register of Professional Turners. RPT members were not only manning their stand and promoting both the Register and the Company, but were also demonstrating on a number of commercial stands. Read more »

Public events

Wizardry in Wood 2020

Some of the UK's leading turners will be exhibiting at Wizardry in Wood 2020, to be held in Carpenters' Hall from 14th to 17th October. In addition all entries to the Company's 2020 Competitions will be displayed, along with live demonstrations, talks and special events. Read more »

The Sound of Craft at London Craft Week

A London Craft Week event by the Heritage Crafts Association in collaboration with the VOCES8 Centre, St Anne & St Agnes Church, London on Thursday 30th April, in support of the endangered craft of musical instrument making. Read more »

COLLECT International Art Fair

Collect, The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design is at Somerset House from 27 February to 1 March 2020. Over 40 galleries from the UK and around the world have been selected including Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) supported by the Turners' Company. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

United Guilds’ Service

The United Guilds Service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 27th March. The Company will be allocated a limited number of tickets so please let the Clerk know as soon as possible if you would like to attend to avoid any disappointment. Read more »

Members only event

RPT AGM and Craft Meeting

The Company will again be hosting the RPT for their AGM and Craft meeting on 24th March. Members of the Company interested in hearing more about the craft are invited to join members of the Register for lunch and to stay for the craft meeting. Read more »

Members only event

The Richard Gardner Williams Banquet and Common Hall

The Richard Gardner Williams Banquet will be held on Wednesday 27th February at Skinners’ Hall.  The banquet is held in memory of the Company’s benefactor, Richard Gardner Williams whose legacy in 1931 provided the financial support to enable the Company to build and flourish. 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

Andrew Sindall was elected Master Turner on Ascension day, May 30th 2019. He is the 350th Master in an unbroken line going back to the aptly named John Turner in 1604. Read his letter here.... 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

February 26, 2020
March 10, 2020
March 16, 2020
  • 2020 Treason, Trial and Error
    March 16, 2020 to March 18, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    at Central Criminal Court, The Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EH, UK

March 18, 2020
  • Court and M&C Lunch
    March 18, 2020
    10:00 am - 3:30 pm
    at Apothecaries' Hall, Black Friars Ln, London EC4V 6ER, UK

March 24, 2020
  • RPT Craft Meeting
    March 24, 2020
    11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    at Skinners Hall, 8 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2SP, UK

March 27, 2020
  • United Guilds Service
    March 27, 2020
    10:00 am - 3:15 pm
    at St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK

April 23, 2020
  • Spring Dinner
    April 23, 2020
    6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    at Girdlers' Hall

May 20, 2020
  • City Briefings
    May 20, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall, EC2V 5DH

May 21, 2020
  • Election Court
    May 21, 2020
    4:00 pm - 10:45 pm
    at Apothecaries' Hall, Black Friars Ln, London EC4V 6ER, UK

June 19, 2020
June 26, 2020
September 15, 2020
  • City Briefings
    September 15, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall, EC2V 5DH

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