John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 23rd June 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

A pretty frantic weekend, Jack was back in the Ouseburn on Friday, Frankenstein on the loose in Gateshead Library on Saturday and WWII came back to Blyth battery both Saturday & Sunday.

Fixtures list 2018/2019


22 May – Ryedale

24 May – Frank at Hebburn & Cleadon Park Libraries

27 May – Northumberland day at Langley

30 – 31 May – Featherstone Castle; WWI

02 June – History Fair Sunderland

06 June – reivers for Bellingham WI

15 – 17 June – Sedgefield

21 June – Whalton School castles

11 – 28 June – WWI Battlefield tour

30 June – Armed Forces Day – Seaham

02 July – Dobson Walk (SANTS)

07 – 08 July – Battle of Carham re-enactment

08 July – Chopwell Woods

09 – 14 July – JS WoR Tour (UK)

15 July – Picnic in the Park Morpeth

15 July – Seaham Carnival – WWI

18July – Cleveland Retired Men’s Assoc

22 July – Sedgefield WWII

29 July – Stanhope Festival

03 August – Suffragettes at GNM

04 August – Frankie in the Library

04 August – reivers at Whitley Bay (am)

08 August WWII event in Grainger Market

11 August – Captain Cook

31 August – St Mary’s Lighthouse

01 September- Harbottle Show

08 – 09 September – Heritage Open Days Hexham

11 September – Living history/heritage at Beamish for WEA

15 September – Gertrude Bell Sunderland

15 September – Whalton Show - WWI

22 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 – Backworth school

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 – WWI Rothbury

10 October – GSHS

10 October – ditto

15 October – ‘Peaky Blinders’ Sunderland

16 – 18 October – ditto

20 October – WWI @ Hylton Castle

23 October – WWI (Uni)

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

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

20 November – Armistice talk Holywell for WI


08 January – U3A in Hexham Abbey

17 January – Reivers at Ponteland LHS

13-18 July - Wars of the Roses in the North

21-27 July - Campaigns of Marlborough

23 October – Reivers at Heaton 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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