John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 16th October 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 couple of weeks it's been flat out for Armistice 1918 in North Tyneside. We've been to Amberley, Fordley, Backworth, Holystone, Shiremoor and Burradon primaries and George Stephenson High School - full on and flat out! Next week we're literally back in the trenches at Rothbury on behalf of the National Park.

Fixtures list 2018/2019


15 October – ‘Peaky Blinders’ Sunderland

16 October – WWI Rothbury

17 October – ditto

18 October – ditto

19 October – WWI talk Sunderland

22 October – WWI in St. John’s Church; Amberley, Backworth & Burradon schools

22 October – WWI in Carlisle

23 October – Bailey Green, Fordley & Holystone

23 October – WWI (Uni)

24 October – Westmoor, Shiremoor and Grasmere

24 October WWI - Carlisle

25 October – Hedley School (am)

25 October WWI (Uni)

25 October – Remembrance 1918 at the Hearth (evening)

26 October – Killingworth

31 October – NNPA at the Sill

31 October – Jack in Grainger Market (eve)

03 November - DERIC

05 November – North Tyneside exhibition at Memorial Hall Wallsend

05 November – Sunderland

05 November – GSHS (assembly only)

06 November – Sunderland school

06 November – GSHS (assembly)

06 November – Central Library (pm)

06 November – Rothbury WI (eve)

07 November – school at Monkseaton

08 November – school at Monkseaton

08 November – WWI at Hylton Castle

08 November – Killingworth church service (evening)

09 November – school at Monkseaton

09 November – WWI at Wallsend

09 November WWI at Saltburn (late pm)

10 November – WWI at Wallsend

11 November – Commemorative March, Newcastle

11 November – March Blyth

11 November – March Seaham

12 November – schools at the Sill

13 November – ditto

14 November – ditto

15 November – ditto

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

03 – 10 September – WoR tour

24 September – Reivers (talk) Cleadon

05 October – Richard III at Barnard Castle

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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