John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 7th August 2020
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Time Bandits is a new development in historical interpretation and living history/drama, from first person recounting to skirmishes and battle reenactments. Our approach is led by the needs and aspirations of the client, we advise and devise in terms of scripting, location and action. The uniqueness of our approach lies in the concept of working with the client or sponsor to tailor a presentation.

We're looking, for 2019 to broaden our WWII offer and set up a section devoted to Home Guard & Auxiliers, plenty opportunities for all ages and, of course, plenty of spies and saboteurs needed - contact us if you're interested.

A Testimonial To The Time Bandits I really just want to say a huge thank you to John, Bill and Rosie for a fabulous day, you really brought Roman Britain to life.The children will remember it for many years to come I am sure and were very excited to tell their parents all they had learned at home time. A day spent with the Time Bandits is worth a week in front of a power-point or a computer. Mary Douglas All Saints School. Lanchester

Generally, I'm very interested in hearing from people who'd like to join Time Bandits, no previous experience or skills required, training will be provided as working towards Equity membership. If your interest lies in historical interpretation, drama, crafts or storytelling, you'll do nicely!

It's all a bit weird at the moment, everything for spring and summer is either cancelled or postponed, however, good news, a few green shoots are emerging:

Fixtures list 2020/2021

28 July – ‘Siege of Troy’ – Zoom, Rothley Castle (close resemblance to Troy, after rather than before)

09 August – WWI at Devil’s Porridge

15th August VJ Day in Carlisle

08 September – WWII at Morpeth Station

[ ] September – filming ‘swords thro’ the ages’ for Stafford Scouts

13 September – Durham Market Place

01 October – WWI poetry in S. Tyneside

15 October – Berwick Literary Festival

31 October – Vindolanda

23 – 25 November – Prehistory at Higham

December – Santa at Bamburgh/Vindolanda/Preston Hall


04 January – Jacobites at Warkworth

18 – 19 January – Edinburgh

24 – 29 January – Holocaust Schools sessions, Newcastle Library

05 February – Relief of Belsen in Central Library

27 – 28 February – Edinburgh

27 – 28 March – Blyth Battery

18 – 20 April – Rough Wooing’ at Higham Hall

23 – 24 May – Blyth Battery WWII

04 – 07 July – Monmouth tour

[ ] July – Marlborough Tour

10 July – Aln Valley Railway

17 July – RAF @ Stannington

[ ] August – WoR tour (south)

[ ] September – Jacobite Tour

[ ] October – William the Conqueror Tour

22 – 24 November – Crimean War at Higham Hall

Time Bandits. Horseman 2Over the last few years we've worked for Tyne and Wear Museums, English Heritage, Durham County Council, Kielder Partnership, Tynedale District, North Pennines Heritage Trust, Dilston Castle, Stockton Council, Bellingham Heritage Centre, North East Council on Addictions, South Shields Museum, Darlington Railway Museum, Bedesworld, DLI Museum and Art Gallery, North East War Memorials Project, Hadrian`s Wall Heritage Limited, National Army Museum, Woodhorn County Museum and Archive, the Morpeth Gathering and Planning Aid North.

We offer multi-period events with our own cavalry and military vehicle section, period music can be provided through our partnership with 'Horseplay'.

We work extensively in schools, in the community and with various special needs groups.

Time Bandits. Girl in CostumeAll of our members are police checked and are members of Equity with indemnity insurance of 5,000.000 each.

Time Bandits aims, as the slogan says, to bring history to life in a manner which is both informed and entertaining. We presently have a core group of around six dedicated members and this needs to grow. We'd be delighted to hear from anyone interested in re-enactment, drama, period crafts, historical interpretation. You don't need any kit initially, nor any experience, the use of most of your faculties, own teeth and a sense of humour would assist.

Time Bandits. Time Bandits PDFFor a copy of the "Time Bandits" leaflet, please click on the PDF icon below.

You will be able to view, or download and print, the information contained in the the leaflet.

For more information or to arrange a presentation, please contact

John Sadler
Telephone: 01661 881654

Newcastle, Tyne & Wear 01661 881654(evenings)

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