Peter Moore

Peter Moore


Peter Moore is a writer, historian and critic. Born in Staffordshire in the early eighties, he was educated at Durham University and City, University of London. He now teaches on the Mst in Creative Writing at Oxford University.

Peter’s interest is in the rapidly changing societies of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His debut book, Damn His Blood, was a reconstruction of a double murder in rural Worcestershire at the height of the Napoleonic Wars and was published Chatto in June 2012. His second book was The Weather Experiment, the story of the meteorological enlightenment of the nineteenth century. It became an instant Sunday Times bestseller after publication in 2015, Richard Morrison of the Times chose it as his Book of the Year, the New York Times included it in their 100 Notable Books of 2015 and it was adapted by BBC4 for a three-part documentary called Storm Troupers: the fight to forecast the weather.

Peter was a 2014 Gladstone Library writer in residence and a 2016 Winston Churchill Fellow. He reviews regularly for The Literary Review and his journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and on the BBC.

Peter is the founder and presenter of the history podcast Travels Through Time (, which was recommended by the Evening Standard as one of their top history podcasts.

Peter Moore @petermoore

👍Fascinating @bbcworldservice prog on the history of #WeatherForecasting.

(Alarming lack of capacity in Africa, given the continent's dependence on rain fed agriculture & the uncertainties of climate change)
@Bridget_Kendall @PeterGWeather @petermoore

250 years ago today Captain Cook landed in Kent, returning from his astonishing voyage of exploration into the Pacific. He had mapped the coasts of New Zealand and E Australia over 3 years.

Here's today's special podcast on that expedition:

Feels like a good day to post this. John Constable, looking out into the Channel from Brighton - Rainstorm over the Sea, ca. 1824-1828

New discovery. Love the brooding landscape and architectural art of the NZ graphic designer Felix Kelly (1914-1994)

Very happy to have a Durham lecturer on this week. 2/3s of our presenters studied there (@petermoore at Collingwood and @artemisirvine at Cuths) and we aim to lure @VioletMoller into the Swan and Three one day.

Here's Durham Castle and Cathedral, late c17th (Durham University)

I learnt so much talking to the brilliant Jane Rogoyska about the Katyń Massacre for this episode. Not just the appalling actions of the Soviet NKVD in the spring of 1940 but the longer resonances of a story that is still contested today.

On the eve of the 109th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic (it sank in the early hours of the 15th of April) this is original footage on board ship on the day of its departure from Southampton in 1912.

"England is a rich sea, but strewn with reefs, and those who voyage there would do well to take precautions" - Casanova, c.1775

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.“ - Dickens, Great Expectations

Such a pleasure to speak to @petermoore for @tttpodcast_ about 'The House of Fragile Things'. Was particularly moved by the way the team brings the voice of Béatrice de Camondo back to life, recording some of her rare letters for the first time. @YaleBooks

Few crimes can be said to be as sinister and perplexing as the Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer 🕵️‍♂️

🎧Listen to journalist and Sunday Times bestselling author @shrabanibasu_ telling @tttpodcast_ about a crime that captivated Edwardian Britain🎧

Good opportunity for spotting different species of cumulus cloud during this afternoon's walk. This cumulus congestus (towering cumulus) at the start warned of the possibility of a sharp shower. Can just see a pileus or cap cloud over the top of the rising white dome

Does bestselling c18th poet James Thomson (who wrote, among other things, the lyrics to Rule Britannia) bear a striking visual similarity to Christopher Hitchens, or is it just me?

A few pictures of the beleaguered #hammersmithbridge done on site in the last few years #westlondon #hammersmith #w6 @OldLondonW14 @ahistoryinart

Arthur and George is still my favourite Julian Barnes novel and I used to play village cricket against Great Wyrley as a lad so I feel uncommonly qualified/v excited about this new arrival

Wish you were here? Historic postcards from some of the small ports on the beautiful coble coast of NE England. Can you guess where they are from?

NEW EPISODE: Britain Alone (1962)

"We are with Europe, but not of it." Winston Churchill.

@philipstephens (@FaberBooks) takes us back to a year that would frame Britain’s relationship with the rest of the world for the next half century.

It was snowing softly last Monday when I recorded this episode on Frostquake with Juliet Nicholson, who was such a great and generous raconteur. 1963 - Penelope Fitzgerald - The Beatles - John Profumo - Christine Keeler. So much fun.

Snow dusted field waves. South Downs, February 2021.

Today's #Lockdown art: The Skating Minister by Henry Raeburn (1790s) and Woman Under a Street Lamp by Arne Kavli (1900). I couldn't resist putting these two together. Even though the woman isn't skating, I like to think of them running into each other on the ice.