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

Devastating news about Lyra McKee. Here’s just some of her writing. There was so, so much more to come.

“Kaleidoscopes and coloured fountains” or “disturbing, uncanny phantasms”. @MikeJayNet decoding Albert Hofmann’s pioneering LSD experiences.

Not sure if I'm late to this (probably am), but the discovery of Charlotte Brontë's mourning ring on @BBC_ARoadshow is completely enthralling.

"Any relic of the dead is precious, if they were valued living" (Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights)

Springtime in Eskdale by James McIntosh Patrick 1934 (@walkergallery). The Crooks, Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire.

These two beautiful mosques, both hundreds of years old, were recently bulldozed by the Chinese authorities in their ongoing cultural war against #Uighurs.

Last week I went to the moon with @kassiastclair. She told me all about ‘60s space fashion, the secrets behind Neil Armstrong’s space suit and how much of the magic was made on a sewing room floor in Delaware.

Really enjoyed recording this podcast or ⬇️

A reminder of how our heritage buildings bind nature and history together. Couple of other examples:

1,400 c14th oaks are in the roof, floors and walls of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

680 medieval oak trees made the roof of Norwich Cathedral

Dawn in Paris. #NotreDame is still standing. Hurt yet magnificent.

One of the most significant historical buildings in Europe. So sad to see this.

#ONT 250 years ago, the Endeavour had just arrived at Matavai Bay in Tahiti It marked the start of the most vivid of all c18th encounters between Europeans and the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific.

Resolution & Adventure with fishing craft in Matavai Bay, William Hodges (1776)

cc @ioanmarcjones

❤️ Gotta love it when the live studio audience of a British chat show cheers for overthrowing capitalism to save our habitat. Go @GeorgeMonbiot!

Barry Bannan, David Hirst, Paolo Di Canio, Chris Woods, The Artic Monkeys, Michael Vaughan, Jarvis Cocker, Trevor Francis, Steve Bruce, Alex Bruce, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Roy Hattersley, can you hear me? Your boys took one hell of a beating in injury-time! UTV #AVFC #SWFC

Finally some good news!! The @guardian have decided to include CO2 levels in their weather forecast. Please share this news so that all newspapers and news outlets follow the example. Now! #ClimateBreakdown

My History Today podcast on Churchill's coming to the leadership in May 1940: I take you day by day through from the Norway Debate on 7 & 8 May 1940 to the moment that he became PM on 10 May #Churchill

I reviewed @cathompsn's Sea People: in search of the ancient navigators of the Pacific for the @Lit_Review and enjoyed it immensely.

"Could the story of the Polynesian voyagers be written in full, then would it be the wonder-story of the world." (£)

At first glance I thought this door in @ChCh_Oxford was ancestral voices prophesying doom (no deal), but it turns out to be another political squabble from another century and all to do with Robert Peel.

From a passenger on one of the earliest railway trains:

“We went at the rate of 23 miles an hour. The quickness of motion is to me frightful. It is really flying, and it is impossible to divest yourself of the notion that instant death to all upon the least accident happening.”