Motherhood in Western Europe

Insights from Western European Mothers

The changing face of motherhood — Western Europe

The accompanying reports combine a review of existing literature with an analysis of original quantitative data derived from a poll of 9,582 mothers from 12 countries in Western Europe, making it one of the largest studies of this kind ever conducted

Child Obesity and Health

An analysis of the latest available data from the Health Survey for England (HSE)

Child Obesity and Health — download the full report in pdf format

In this ‘National Childhood Obesity Week’, the SIRC report, Children, obesity and heath: Recent trends, holds up a true mirror, accurately reflecting the trend towards slimmer, healthier children. more

The Future of Freemasonry

An examination of the role of Freemasonry in the 21st century


This report is, as far as we know, an account of the first ever study that has been commissioned by Freemasons from a non-Masonic body. None of the SIRC members involved in the project are Freemasons, a fact that evoked surprise and welcome in equal measure from the Lodge members we met. more

The Changing Face of Motherhood

Insights from three generations of mothers


The report seeks to answer some specific questions about the changing face of motherhood and determine the extent to which modern ‘solutions’ to motherhood are more or less beneficial than the solutions of the past. more

Naming and Praising Update- August 2001

'Named and Praised': Anna Whitney. A SIRC Naming and Praising Award goes to Anna Whitney of the Independent, for her article on a new treatment for Alzheimer's Disease.

Actually, the sub-editor or whoever wrote the headline deserves praise as well – the headline "Scientists hope new Alzheimer's treatment will slow progress of disease" is admirably calm and does not raise false hopes. Anna Whitney then manages to get three significant caveats into the very first paragraph.

Her piece begins "Trials of a new treatment that might one day slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease have begun on a 60-year-old woman after scientists succeeded in reversing the effects of the condition in mice." [our italics]

She emphasises these caveats again, and gives details of further potential obstacles, in paragraphs 6-10. The article offers some hope, but does not create false expectations of a 'miracle cure'. Textbook stuff.