The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

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 »

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 »

London Greenwood

New dates are available for our Family Whittling courses, this term we've got some weekend dates instead of our usual half term courses. For families that want to start whittling at home, or around a campfire, our courses are a great introduction for both adults and children. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Summer Dinner

To celebrate the anticipated lifting of the Government’s pandemic restrictions from 21st June 2021, it has been decided to upgrade the customary Summer Reception to a Summer Dinner, to be held at Apothecaries Hall on Thursday 1st July. Timings will be 6.30 for 7.15 pm. Read more »

Members only event

The Horners’ Trophy Golf Day

Members of the Turners' Company are once again, cordially invited to enter the annual inter-livery competition for the magnificent Horners Trophy, at the equally magnificent Ashridge Golf Club on Monday 21st June 2021. Read more »

Members only event

A Webinar ‘Around the World in 80 Trees’

As the current Chairman of the Liveries Wood Group I am delighted to invite you to this webinar where Jonathan Drori, CBE has kindly agreed to give a presentation on his book ‘Around the World in 80 Trees’. This event will take place on 26th May 2021, David Mortlock Master Wheelwright. Read more »

Features

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

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 »

Diary

June 21, 2021
June 22, 2021
June 23, 2021
June 24, 2021
June 25, 2021
  • Cockpit Summer Festival
    June 25, 2021 to June 27, 2021
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London WC1N 2NP, UK

July 2, 2021
  • Cockpit Summer Festival
    July 2, 2021 to July 4, 2021
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London WC1N 2NP, UK

July 6, 2021
  • Turners Golf Day
    July 6, 2021
    8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    at Beaconsfield Golf Club, Seer Green, Beaconsfield HP9 2UR, UK

July 8, 2021
July 10, 2021
July 20, 2021
  • Summer Dinner
    July 20, 2021
    6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    at Barber-Surgeons‘ Hall, Monkwell Square, Wood St, Barbican, London EC2Y 5BL, UK

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