John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 21st January 2022
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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 re-enactments. 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 2022 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

This month we have all our HMD events to come and filming as Roman legionaries on Shields Road on the 22nd, come and see us!

Fixtures list 2022


20 January – 03 February – HMD exhibition at Central Library

22 January – Romans on Shields Road

25 January – HMD lecture City Library

27 January – D-Day at Jesmond

28 January – Battle of Otterburn Zoom

03 February – swords at RTC Otterburn

17 February – evening talk on battle of Otterburn

23 February – Hadrian’s Wall at GNM

18 March – Trail of Tears, Dunbar 1650 at Rothbury

21 March – Reivers Barnard Castle.

26 March – Hawick Reivers

06 – 08 April – Rough Wooing at Higham Hall

14 – 17 April ECW tour (Classic)

21 April – Romans at Trimontium

24 April – Revitalising Redesdale event YOTC Otterburn

02 May – Durham Market

13 May – Late Shows

09 – 17 May – possible UK Battlefield Tour

21 – 22 May – Blyth Battery

21 May – Sunderland History Fair

26 May – Falklands War Sunderland

28 May – 05 June – Harbottle Castle at Cresswell Tower

05 June – Romans at Jubilee event

05 June – Belsay Horse Trials

18 June – Stannington WWII

01 July – Annan reivers

04 – 07 July – Monmouth Tour

08 - 14 July – Marlborough Tour

17 - 22 August – Wars of the Roses North Tour

October – Hastings 1066 tour

23 – 26 October – Hadrian’s Wall Tour

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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