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 Moore @petermoore

Featuring the most ambitious of Humphry Davy's nitrous oxide experiments, when he had himself enclosed in an air-tight box on Boxing Day 1799 to inhale "laughing gas" for an hour

After 57 litres or so Davy jumped out in a delirious trance, shouting "Nothing Exists But Thoughts!"

"The present is a singularity through which the future must pass in order to become the past" - A lovely image of embroidered time from John Lewis Gaddis, quoted in Tom Griffiths's The Art of Time Travel. @MikeJayNet

Our latest podcast episode is with the winner of the 2019 Wolfson History Prize, Mary Fulbrook, who examines the Nazi genocide through human interactions with three crime scenes.

“I think many people in old age want to have a reckoning with their life.” I spoke to Prof Mary Fulbrook about how four individuals - perpetrators and bystanders - attempted to justify their part in the Holocaust

A ghastly subject, but superb historical analysis @WolfsonHistory

I love Buxton’s Georgian charm (that Devonshire Dome) and I’ll be there next week to speak about Samuel Johnson and the pursuit of happiness + this tantalizing trip to Tudor England. ⬇️

Storm over our Town, Malvern by Laura Knight 1935-51 (Private Collection). Worcestershire.

#OnThisDay 1961: "I feel our goose might be cooked" London cabbies reacted to the influx of newfangled mini-cabs, on News Extra.

July 1853. The extraordinary story of the American Black Ships that opened #Japan. I speak on the #TravelsThroughTime podcast for @HistoryToday with @petermoore. #history

July 1853: American Black Ships arrive at the mouth of Edo Bay, threatening #Edo, #Japan's capital. Their mission - to 'open' Japan. Listen to me and @petermoore discussing this momentous story on Travels Through Time, the @HistoryToday podcast.

Ship in the Arctic Ocean, 1798 #caspardavidfriedrich #romanticism

Eine gute Woche für NLCs (#noctilucentclouds)! Am 21.06.2019 über Mittelhessen. (Sternwarte Mittelhessen e.V.)

Great thread +

Cool, awful, pretty, vapours, machine, savage, magazine, lighter (ha), shifts, transport, trifle

How have we come to build a whole culture around a futile, self-defeating enterprise: the pursuit of happiness?

.@ed_hawkins has been finding creative, elegant and telling ways to communicate climate science for years. If you’re interested in how our climate’s changing, do look at his new #ClimateStripes project.

From "Paths of Glory" by Ian Parker - an elegant, exact and revealing @NewYorker profile of Rory Stewart from Nov, 2010.