The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

Barnaby Ash QEST Scholar 2022

We are delighted to announce Barnaby Ash is the latest Turners' Company QEST Scholar. Barnaby set up business with his partner Dru Plumb in 2020, and quickly drew the Company's attention to his creative and unique work. Read more »

Building Crafts College Prize Giving 2022

Congratulations to the winner of the Worshipful Company of Turners Award, Andrew Uren. Andrew is one of the keenest woodturners to have taken advantage of the College turning workshop. He has turned many beautiful pieces from his own timber reserves and been an inspiration to other students. Read more »

Freedom from Torture online Auction raised £7,000!

The Turners' Company have teamed up with the Freedom from Torture Charity, to raise money to support torture survivors from Ukraine and other countries, as well as the new young woodturners project. Read more »

Charity

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”. Read more »

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 £150 to the Charitable Trust, and if, as a Freeman or Liveryman, you are not already doing this, please do so. Read more »

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. Read more »

Public events

St Clement Danes Carol Service with 601 Sqn RAuxAF

Join the community at St Clement Danes, together with members of 601 (County of London) Sqn RAuxAF, for a traditional service of Christmas readings and carols. Following the service there will be a drinks reception to celebrate the launch of a new cocktail book in support of the 1941 Appeal. Read more »

Wellbeing of Women City Christmas Fair

We are excited to announce the return of the annual Wellbeing of Women City Christmas Fair.  After raising a record-breaking £78,000 for our vital work in 2021, we are thrilled to be back at Drapers’ Hall on Monday 5 December 2022.  Read more »

Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios

Get your tickets to see beautiful handmade objects, meet and buy from world-leading designers and makers, and experience the unique buzz of the craft studio. Dates are 25-27 November in Bloomsbury and 2-4 December in Deptford. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Court Dinner

All members of the Court and Masters Emeriti are invited, to join the Master, Wardens and their guests at the Court Dinner which will take place on Thursday 19th January 2023 at The Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall. Read more »

Members only event

The Musicians’ Company Carol Service

The tradition of sharing the Musicians' Company Carol service at St Michael's Cornhill will take place again this year on Thursday 15th December. The Musicians very much see this as a joint service and it would be good if as many Turners as possible could attend. Read more »

Members only event

Livery Dinner

The Company’s Livery Dinner will be held at Haberdashers' Hall on Monday 19th December 2022. This is your chance to visit the inside of one of the more modern livery halls, and it's stunning especially at Christmas. Please book through the members area in the usual way. Read more »

Features

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. 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 »

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

It is a great honour to have been elected Master of the Turners’ Company on Ascension Day, Thursday 26 May, in the Company’s 418th year. The Election Court included Master Emeritus Richard Levy, who introduced me to the Turners’ Company in 2006. 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 March 2022 edition is available to view now online. Read more »

Diary

December 11, 2022
  • Carol Service, Royal Air Force
    December 11, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    at St Clement Danes Church, Central Church of the Royal Air Force, Strand, Temple, London WC2R 1DH, UK

December 15, 2022
December 16, 2022
December 19, 2022
  • Livery Dinner
    December 19, 2022
    6:15 pm - 10:15 pm
    at Haberdashers' Hall, 18 W Smithfield, London EC1A 9HQ, UK

January 13, 2023
  • Annual City New Year Service
    January 13, 2023
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    at St Michael's Church, Cornhill, St Michael's Alley, London EC3V 9DS, UK

January 19, 2023
  • Court Dinner
    January 19, 2023
    6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    at Army & Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5JN, UK

February 21, 2023
February 23, 2023
March 6, 2023
March 15, 2023
March 24, 2023
  • United Guilds Service
    March 24, 2023
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    at St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK

May 18, 2023

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