The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


Choice Awards at Woodturning Connect Master’s Exhibition

Nathanael Griffiths with Nick Humphrey and Laura Chase, Curators at the V&A, who chose his fabulous 'Continuity Rings' as their Choice Award at Woodturning Connect 23.
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Red Cross Guildhall Christmas Market

On Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 November 2023, Guildhall will be transformed into a luxury shopping experience and the Turners will once again have a stall. Please visit us for unique items of woodturning!
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Woodturning Connect 23 Prize Winners

With 1,000 visitors through the doors of Pewterers' Hall in just one evening and one open day, it was an extremely buzzing Hall!  The atmosphere was warm, welcoming and enthusiastic for the incredible work on display.  It was a difficult job for the judges, but the results were:
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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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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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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.
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The Master’s Letter

It is a huge honour to be elected Master of the Worshipful Company of Turners, the 353rd in a very long line going back to the year of our Charter in 1604.
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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 2022 edition is available to view now online.
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December 1, 2023
  • Cockpit Open Studios
    December 1, 2023 to December 3, 2023
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Cockpit, Deptford, 18-22 Creekside, London SE8 3DZ, UK

December 5, 2023
December 13, 2023
December 15, 2023
December 18, 2023
  • Livery Dinner
    December 18, 2023
    6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
    at Vintners' Hall, 68 Upper Thames St., London EC4V 3BG, UK

January 10, 2024
January 25, 2024
  • Court Dinner
    January 25, 2024
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    at Venue tbc

February 22, 2024
February 24, 2024
March 11, 2024
March 15, 2024
  • United Guilds Service
    March 15, 2024
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    at St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK

April 17, 2024
  • Spring Dinner
    April 17, 2024
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    at Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Ln, London EC4M 7DD, UK

April 18, 2024
April 27, 2024
  • Max Carey weekend
    April 27, 2024 to April 28, 2024
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Max Carey Woodturning Trust, 35 High St, Portishead, Bristol BS20 6AA, UK

May 9, 2024
May 14, 2024
  • Pewter Live 2024
    May 14, 2024 to May 16, 2024
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Pewterers' Hall, Oat Ln, Barbican, London EC2V 7DE, UK

June 20, 2024
June 24, 2024
July 1, 2024
September 26, 2024
  • Court and M&C Lunch
    September 26, 2024
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    at Innholders' Hall, 30 College St, London EC4R 2RH, UK

September 29, 2024
September 30, 2024
October 8, 2024
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

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