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

This is me, back in 1649: at the beheading of Charles I; watching the Diggers planting peas and beans; and eavesdropping on a colonial slander trial - about witchcraft, naturally.

This afternoon I handed Keir Starmer a final tweet stating that, unless I had heard from him by 11 o'clock, a state of war would exist between us. I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently we are at war with Keir Starmer.

Frankfurt, Mainz and moveable type. Join @psuedenham and historian @petermoore as they explore the #Gutenberg Press in today's episode of the Travels Through Time podcast
#printing #history

Just finished this portrait of my friend @petermoore author of Endeavour: The Ship that Changed the World and host of the brilliant #historypodcast @tttpodcast_ for which he has interviewed the likes of @KMFollett @authordlewis and @ArianaNeumann

I had no idea this podcast had grown so much @petermoore ! Pick a year, any year and travel there with a historian. What a great layout (I'm 1776):


John Tindale's captivating photographs of Whitby (along with a sound archive he assembled between the '50s -'90s) will be displayed at Whitby Museum till May 2022.

Six years of writing about the central, vital importance of the Endeavour Voyage (1768-71) and the Declaration of Independence in human history and the @thecoastguy only leaves them out of his Story of the World in 100 Moments.

This + more cheerful historical bickering: 14 Sept.

Let’s talk about everything else ...

Interesting ripples in the stratocumulus sheet across Dorset today (airflow from the right). Wondering if that's some sort of refraction effect just offshore from Chesil Beach.

High excitement in W6.

👍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