The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

The Cockpit Arts Turners Award winner Jason Lock talks turning during 2020

Jason began working with wood from a young age and started a carpenter and joinery apprenticeship straight after school in Colchester, Essex and that’s where he first started woodturning. Read more »

Christmas Bulletin from the RT Hon the Lord Mayor

“The Lord Mayor, in the stronghold of the mighty Mansion House, gave orders to his fifty cooks and butlers to keep Christmas as a Lord Mayor's Household should.” A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens Read more »

Covid-19 resource hub

The office is closed, but the Company remains open for business. We are continuing to support our charities and are a signatory to the London Funders‘ Statement. The aim of this Covid-19 hub is to provide information and resources which may help turners and other craftspeople. Read more »

Public events

City Walks and Talks

Temple Bar Trust and City of London Guides invite you to join them for series of live broadcast virtual walks around the City. Your guides are all experts in the City with a rich and varied mix of professional backgrounds. Read more »

Gresham College Lecture Series

At Gresham College (free lectures since 1597) we are continuing to deliver lectures online in January 2021, and among the highlights will be Professor Chris Whitty on Medical Screening Read more »

Introduction to Green Woodwork Workshop

This course is designed to give participants an introduction to green woodworking using unseasoned wood straight from the log and hand tools. Suitable for all including: complete beginners, those who have carpentry experience but are new to green woodwork Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Making of the Turners Consort

The Musicians Company, with whom we have a close relationship, are holding an event on 20th January and have invited our Master as guest speaker, kindly extending an invitation for members of the Turners Company to join. Read more »

Members only event

Spring Dinner 2021

We are very excited to announce that Girdlers’ Hall has been booked for the Company Spring Dinner on Thursday 22nd April. This will be our first actual event for over a year Read more »

Members only event

Common Hall

Unfortunately, the Richard Gardner Williams Banquet will not go ahead as usual in February 2021, however Common Hall will be taking place via Zoom on February 25th, followed by virtual drinks 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

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  • 27th Inter Livery Clay Shoot
    June 23, 2021
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Holland & Holland Shooting Grounds, Ducks Hill Rd, Northwood, Harefield, Northwood HA6 2ST, UK

October 12, 2021
October 13, 2021

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