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
My two current works jointly authored with Rosie Serdiville, our third and fourth published collaborations 'Flodden 1513' & 'Tommy at War 1914 - 1918' were published by History Press and Robson Press respectively.
'Tommy Rot', our alternative Great War anthology was published by History Press last year and 'Ode to Bully Beef' will follow this month, 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.
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.
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Good news for adult learners is that CLL has been superseded by a CIC which is offering an Explore type programme.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're staging a further session but with a difference; on terrorism with a simulated attack to follow!
My spring course for Monday evenings kicks off on 12th May and this will run for seven weeks. on 8th May I'll be doing a morning lecture commencing at 10.30 on D-Day, seventy years on.
Now, on 26th April 10:30 - 13.00 hours we're doing a lecture on terrorism with a difference, this will be at Joseph Cowen Centre, Commercial Union House on Pilgrim Street, aside from my customary brilliance this will involve live action role-play. We'll also simulate an actual incident and casualties will be on the high side! As it's a fundraiser for the centre, tickets will cost a tenner each, good value trust me.
I do offer a whole range of local and family history courses which I've delivered in libraries, to WI & focus groups, usually and hour to an hour and a half, daytime and evening, rates are £100.00 per session.
I've just come back from delivering my spring course at Higham Hall College, this one was on the Great War - Western Front. as ever, the college staff looked after us very well indeed (diet urgently needed)! Lots more to follow.
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!