John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 9th December 2023
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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

The year, a very busy one for us is drawing to a close.This week and we've been in in West Rainton, Primary in familiar reivers guise then we're back to BRIC in Blyth for Ancient Egyptians on Thursday. Good news is next year is already looking very busy.

Fixtures list 2023/24:

04 December – West Rainton School

07 December – BRIC Ancient Egypt

12 December – Tweedmouth school

16 December – Heugh Battery

18 December – Blyth, Dementia group


22 January – HMD at West Denton

23 January – HMD at City Library

24 January – HMD at Hexham Library

13 February – Reivers for Ponteland Rotary

w/c 26 February – Saxons at Canning Street

07 March – Low Fell over 55’s; Get Carter

11 March – Ponteland retired gentlemen

21 March – Reivers in Whalton

21 – 22 March – Waterloo at Higham Hall

23 March – Border Gathering

06 – 07 April – Morpeth Gathering

06 April – Heugh Battery, military vehicles

w/c 15 April – Vikings at Canning Street

17 April – Berwick LHS & Hotspur

02 May – Bloodaxe at Jesmond Library

18 – 19 May – Blyth Battery Goes to War

18 May – Sunderland History Fair

01 June – Heugh Battery, D-Day

01 – 02 June – Carlisle

w/c 03 June – Greeks at Canning Street

08 – 09 June – Keswick

11 – 12 June Newsham Primary - WWI

15 June – Heugh Battery, Crimean Day

24 June - Keswick

29 – 30 June – Stockton Armed Forces

27 July et seq – JS away

03 – 04 August – Berwick event

31 August – Swarland Show

15 – 23 September – Owain Glendower tour

17 September – Scottish POWs 1650 at Dunbar

30 October – Crawcrook talk (ECW)

w/c 04 December – WWII at Canning Street

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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