Will 1914 matter in 2014? Nobody who experienced the war is still alive. Most of us struggle to recall more than the most basic facts about what happened and why. Yet, the first great global conflict remains a pivotal cultural reference point for understanding the last century and how it shaped the country we have become today. British Future’s latest report sheds light on why the centenary is important to the nation.
On 5th July 1948 the National Health Service was born. Sixty-five years on and, unlike many others of the same age, the NHS is still going strong. What do people think about the NHS in 2013? British Future’s latest report explores this central question.
The murder of the teenager Stephen Lawrence in April 1993 became an important moment in our modern history. Twenty years on, how much has changed – in Britain, in London, and in Eltham itself? British Future’s new report, The Integration Consensus 1993-2013: How Britain changed since Stephen Lawrence, directly addresses this question.
British Future’s new report, State of the nation: Where is bittersweet Britain heading? looks at where we are in Britain after 2012, and how we’ll fare our first teenage year in the 21st Century.
Entering the new year, Britons are more positive about the economy, the family, and Britain itself, than we were this time last year. But will that glimmer of hope drift away or can it be built on?
When the parents of Olympic champion Jessica Ennis, who are from Jamaica and Derbyshire, met in Sheffield in the 1980s, a majority of the public expressed opposition to mixed race relationships. This is no longer the case, shows the new report from British Future The Melting Pot Generation: How Britain became more relaxed about race.
At least 28 British Olympic medal winners died in the Great War, a tragedy unthinkable today. Before conscription was introduced, an appeal through sport was made to recruit men to go to the trenches; the toll of WWI on sport saw athletes including four-time Wimbledon winner Tony Wilding and the first Scott to win an Olympic gold, Wyndham Halswelle sacrificing their lives.
So, how should sport remember this history?
When British Future launched in early January, we asked what story Britain would tell to world in 2012. With the success of the Jubilee and the Olympics the year has been an eventful one for Britain, and for British Future.
But what will the legacy of the events of 2012 be?
The Olympic generation, aged 18-24, 83% think it will be harder for today’s teenagers to buy a home than it was for their parents, and 58% think it will be much harder, according to a new British Future report.