John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 9th May 2021
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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

Good news is we're back. We can all begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel even if it's a long tunnel and a small light. Also we welcome new members Joanne and Mark Wiig from Harbottle. Moreover, we'd love to hear from anyone who'd like to join us, especially WWII generally and resistance. Here's how it's stacking up thus far. We enjoyed a very good day back at Bamburgh on Sunday 18th with WWII, so good to be back! And much more to come. Next seven days we've got ACW shoot at Belsay tomorrow, then Vikings at Bamburgh on Thursday, filming ECW surgeon on Friday and WWII again in Durham Market on Bank Holiday Monday.

Fixtures list 2021/2022

30 March – WWI Poetry

04 April – War Walks at Bamburgh

18 April – War Walks at Bamburgh

22 April - filming 'Get Carter'

24 April - ACW 'Matthew Brady' photoshoot.

27 April – Zoom Get Carter

29 April - Viking at Bamburgh

30 April - filming the ECW surgeon at Belsay Barns

03 May – Durham Market (WWII)

[ ] May Wild West at Belsay Barns

[ ] May filming with Hexham TV (1) ‘Jack’s back’, (2) ‘Warsaw Ghetto Rising, (3) ‘Harbottle Castle’, (4) ECW Surgeon at work.

11 May – Zoom Mary Ann Cotton

08 June – Zoom WWI Gateshead men & women.

15 June - Holy Island tour.

10 July – Aln Valley Railway (WWII)

[ ] September – Jacobite Tour

22 – 24 November – Crimean War at Higham Hall


10 January – Jacobites at Warkworth

23 February – Home Guard for Heaton LHS, Corner House

06 – 08 April – Rough Wooing at Higham Hall

04 – 07 July – Monmouth Tour

[ ] July – Marlborough Tour

[ ] August Wars of the Roses South 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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