Douglas John Sadler
BA(Hons), M.Phil., FRHistS FSA (Scotl.)
My main specialism is in military history
, I am an accomplished, author, lecturer, battlefield tour guide, heritage professional and historical interpreter
For this autumn, however, I'm extending my story telling - I've been doing this for years but now, through Time Bandits I'm formalising the offer, lively stories from Greek Myths to World War Two, tales of mystery and suspense and all with a local interest.
My two current works jointly authored with Rosie Serdiville, our fifth and sixth published collaborations 'Ode to Bully Beef' was published in the spring and 'As Good as Any Man' will be published by History Press in August.
'Tommy Rot', our alternative Great War anthology was published by History Press last year and 'Ode to Bully Beef' followed this March, two volumes of soldier's doggerel and verse from each of the world wars. We've also completed 'As Good as Any Man' a fascinating biography and Great War diary of a black Tommy who served at Third Ypres. the story of how the diary was found is as interesting as the memoir itself. The diary was published by History Press in August.
I've also completed my first commissioned full length work of fiction 'Blood Divide' which is a story of Flodden, more Bernard Cornwell than Philippa Gregory though if it sells as well as either, I'll not be complaining! This comes out in October.
Inspired by the excellent War-Games' special exhibition in Sunderland Museum, I've put together a movable handling collection of toy soldiers through the ages - the fruits of half a century's steadfast refusal to grow up, this is available not just as part of our Great War handling collection but as a separate feature - 'the miniature battlefield' - coming to a venue near you!
Time Bandits is recruiting. We're looking for like minded individuals regardless of age, sex, colour etc who have a passion for history and like getting paid to indulge themselves. We cover all periods from Bronze Age to Cold War, across a wide range of locations. We thrive on fresh challenges. Training and kit are provided. If you are interested in historic combat, gunplay, clothing, textiles, medicine, food technology, equestrian, vehicles or craft based skills, then we'd love to meet you.
Good news for adult learners is that CLL has been superseded by a CIC which is offering an Explore type programme. On 26th April we staged a further session but with a difference; on terrorism with a simulated attack to follow!
I'm offering something new for the autumn - this will be looking at Frontiers, a bias towards the Anglo-Scottish border of course but setting this in the perspective of other frontiers, what these mean in the modern context and what we learn (if anything) from history.
I do offer a whole range of local and family history courses which I've delivered in libraries, to WI & focus groups, usually an hour to an hour and a half, daytime and evening, rates are £100.00 per session.
Our historic murder mysteries always go down well and we've performed these at the Keep, at DLI Museum and Segedunum. We're always looking to hear both from people who might want a booking and from those who'd like to take part!
We can provide fully costumed re-enactors for corporate hire, weddings and social events, choose your period - Spartans, Romans, Vikings, Knights, Reivers, Roundheads, Redcoats & Tommies, gunfighters, saloon girls and suffragettes!
We've formed a link with thisisnorthumberland.com - a new website intended to promote travel, tourism and leisure in the region, check it out. I've just returned from guiding a four day tour of Scottish Battlefields for Cultural Experience, we covered both Bannockburn and Flodden we were at the later 500 years on and to the hour - a 'real time' tour - marvellous!