John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 21st August 2018
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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 2018/2019 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 powerpoint 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!

We have our own website at

Last week we had a lively WWI session all day on Prior's Green in Byker, more to come!

Fixtures list 2018/2019


31 August – St Mary’s Lighthouse

01 September – Harbottle Show

08 September – Heritage Open Days Hexham

11 September – Hedley School

15 September – Gertrude Bell Sunderland

15 September – Whalton Show - WWI

21 September – The Hearth, suffragettes/suffrage

22 – 23 September – WWII at Tanfield

28 September – MM in Sunderland

Late September/October – Home Guard/Land Army, Benwell

01 October – Amberley & Backworth schools

02 October – Bailey Green & Burradon schools

03 October – Holystone & Fordley schools

04 October – Westmoor & Grasmere schools

04 October – Scottish Sea battles (talk – am)

04 October – Ellington Ladies Club – HG

05 October – Shiremoor

07 October – Response Memorial

08 October - GSHS

09 October - GSHS

09 October – WWI Rothbury

10 October – ditto

15 October – ‘Peaky Blinders’ Sunderland

16 – 18 October – WWI Rothbury

19 October – WWI talk Sunderland

20 October – WWI @ Hylton Castle

22 October – WWI in St. John’s Church

23 October – Bailey Green, Fordley & Holystone

23 October – WWI (Uni)

24 October – Westmoor, Shiremoor and Grasmere

25 October – Hedley School (am)

25 October WWI (Uni)

25 October – Remembrance 1918 at the Hearth

29 October – Amberley, Backworth & Burradon

29 October – 2nd November – WWI for NNPA

30 October – Bailey Green, Fordley & Holystone

31 October – Westmoor, Shiremoor & Grasmere schools

31 October – Jack in Grainger Market

02 November – Hedley school

04 November – Waterloo walk at Belsay

05 November – North Tyneside exhibition at Memorial Hall Wallsend

05 November – GSHS (assembly only)

06 November – GSHS (assembly)

06 November – Rothbury WI

06 November – Central Library

07 November – school at Monkseaton

08 November – school at Monkseaton

08 November – Killingworth church service (evening)

09 November – school at Monkseaton

09 November – WWI at Wallsend

09 November (day) WWI at Heugh Battery

10 November – WWI at Wallsend

11 November – Commemorative March, Newcastle

11 November – March Blyth

11 November – March Seaham

12 – 15 November – schools at the Sill

16 November – reivers at the Jubilee Hall

20 November – Armistice talk Holywell for WI

20 November – an evening with Lloyd George at GSHS

28 November – Redcar

29 November, dressing the Knight


08 January – U3A in Hexham Abbey

17 January – Reivers at Ponteland LHS

17 – 18 May – Late Shows

07 - 12 July - Wars of the Roses in the North

21-27 July - Campaigns of Marlborough

24 September – Reivers (talk) Cleadon

23 October – Reivers at Heaton LHS

05 November – ‘Rising of the North’ at Sunniside LHS

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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