John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 18th January 2019
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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

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

The new year got off to a flying start with sessions for Tynedale U3A in Hexham Abbey's Great hall (Vikings) and then on to Carlisle Castle and Cumbria's superb military museum for Jacobites last week and this week it's American Civil War in Amble and Reivers in Ponteland.

Fixtures list 2019


17 January – the Troubles 1919 – 1921 (am)

17 January – Reivers at Ponteland LHS (eve)

07 February – ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ at Explore

09 February – storytelling at the Hearth (am only)

21 February – D-Day at IWM Salford

23 February – Rorke’s Drift at Explore

01 March – Vikings at Alnmouth (evening)

02 March – Byker WWI

22 – 24 March – Reivers Festival Hawick

06 – 07 April – WoR at Royal Armouries

10 April – Redcar retired men’s – firearms

26 – 28 April – Morpeth Gathering

01 May – Reivers in Killingworth (eve)

03 – 06 May – Vikings at Bamburgh

17 – 18 May – Late Shows

17 – 18 May – Blyth Battery

26 May – Northumberland Day; Home Guard

25 – 27 May – Vikings at Bamburgh

06 – 07 July – Aln Valley Railway; WWII

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

14 July – Treaty of Versailles, Yarm

21 – 27 July - Campaigns of Marlborough

28 – 31 July Armstrong at Bamburgh

01 August – Armstrong

04 August – Armstrong

06 – 08 August – Armstrong

12 – 15 August – Armstrong

19 – 22 August – Armstrong

24 – 27 August – Armstrong

03 – 10 September – WoR tour

24 September – Reivers (talk) Cleadon

05 October – Richard III at Barnard Castle

[October] – Home Guard at Bamburgh

23 October – Reivers at Heaton LHS

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

06 – 08 November – WWI at the Sill

[November] – D-Day at City Library

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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