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

80,000 people have listened to our podcasts in June, which is both our best month ever and c.18k more than Piers Morgan has been managing for his TalkTV show. Thanks to our amazing guests! #history

Happy 10th birthday to my very first book 📚

Jubilee reading. Lots of outrageous revolutionary material here, but I’d never noticed until today that Thomas Paine got away with putting a completely unnecessary semi-colon into his title.

Sledding on the Great Ice Barrier (Ross Ice Shelf), watercolour by Edward Wilson (Uncle Bill) who died with Scott on the Barrier on the way back from the South Pole in March 1912.

All these are very good. No.5 particularly so.

This piece about the FSB's intelligence failures in the lead up to this ghastly war reminded me of Serhii Plokhy's account of the Chernobyl disaster. In repressive political systems people are scared to tell the truth so terrible decisions are made.

Today, in 1855, a Sherlockian mystery occurred in Devon - unexplained to this day.
Thanks ⁦@petermoore⁩

Meanwhile in Australian history, a really exciting program of contemporary Aboriginal filmmaking has started this week @BarbicanCentre. Lots of wonderful expressions of modern Indigenous film making:

I will try to add some thoughts about this new Endeavour story later (when I have properly woken up). But, in the meantime, this thread from a few years ago might be useful: ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Good morning.

This week in 1862, one of the bloodiest battles during the American #CivilWar was fought between the Union and Confederate armies in the town of #Fredericksburg, #Virginia. Here's my #colorization of the town, taken in the weeks after the fighting. More on @UnseenHistories

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.

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.