This page will track research into Jack and Hilda Trevena: it will explore other kinds of heroism to those displayed on the battlefield. It took great courage to voice opposition to the war at a time when jingoistic messages were rife. And women were stepping into what were perceived to be male roles. Even though they quickly demonstrated that restrictions on the basis of gender were a nonsense, these women were fearless pioneers.Jack Trevena was the Northern District Secretary from 1914. He was imprisoned in 1916 as a conscientious objector who openly opposed the War. His wife, Hilda was already Secretary of Stanley branch and had been a strong organisational force in the WEA for some time. When Jack was imprisoned, Hilda took over, becoming the first ever female District Secretary.
- A Soundscape of the Great War details how we recorded (for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums’ forthcoming Tributaries app) extracts from District Minutes regarding Jack Trevena’s imprisonment in 1916 and the 1918/19 controversy regarding his reinstatement.
- Tracking the Trevenas shows how an initial trawl through the NE District Committee Minutes highlights two key themes in this story: conscientious objection and the significant wartime role of women.