The Worshipful Company of Turners is one of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London. Its history dates back to when it was a Guild in the 12th Century.
Closely involved in the life of the City, the Company helps members develop their knowledge of the history of the City, its financial and commercial activities and those of the Corporation. Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, Lord Mayor in 2013/14, was elected an Honorary Liveryman of the Turners’ Company in 2013.
Through its Charity, education and training programmes the Company continues to celebrate and support the ‘art or mysterie’ of turning.
Wizardry in Wood
Wizardry in Wood 2016 is the fourth exhibition held by the Worshipful Company of Turners to showcase the work of outstanding UK and international craftsmen. Wizardry in Wood was launched by the Turners’ Company in 2004 on the 400th anniversary of the granting of the Company’s Royal Charter by James I in 1604.
Membership of the Turners’ Company
Drawn from a range of professions, trades and crafts, members are men and women at all stages of their careers. Many work in the City or have done so. Members are encouraged to develop an active interest in the craft, whether through turning, collecting or supporting the Company’s educational and charitable activities.
The structure of the Turners’ Company is similar to that of other Livery Companies. The governing body is the Court, comprising the Master who is the most senior member (representing the Company at City events and other outside functions), two Wardens and 18 Assistants, of whom nine are Past Masters.
Membership of the Turners’ Company is achieved by being appointed a Freeman. This is often followed by becoming a Freeman of the City of London and subsequent election as a Liveryman of the Company.
The Clerk will be pleased to provide more information on the Company and the application process: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The social dimension
With an atmosphere of conviviality and fellowship, a wide range of social events – including a number of annual lunches and formal dinners in the City of London – are enjoyed by members of the Company and their guests.
Social activities take place monthly and have included curated visits to the Mary Rose and Kew Gardens; Evensong at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, a weekend woodturning course, organising a float for the Lord Mayor’s Show and a private tour backstage of the Royal Opera House.
Links with the Armed Forces
The Turners adopted the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at its inception and it remains the predominant relationship with the Armed Services.
The Turners’ Company Prize is awarded annually to the most outstanding Regular REME Battalion. There are also links with HMS Sultan, the home of the Defence School of Marine Engineering, and the RAF School of Technical Training at St Athan.