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

Welcome to Season Four!

International best-selling author @katemosse (@panmacmillan) takes us to Paris in 1572 to witness one of the most dramatic and violent episodes in French history – the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

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On Virginia Woolf’s birthday, once again reading this stunning paragraph from her 1926 essay “On Being Ill.”

If anyone says "Given the last few years, are there any things that still make you proud to be British?" I have to reply, "It's a dwindling list, but Nigella Lawson calmly choosing Bitter Orange Tart on the day Trump leaves office would be one of them."

“One of the quickest quills [in c15th Florence] belonged to a scribe called Giovanmarco Cinico, who once copied 1,270 pages of Pliny’s Natural History in 120 days, and in a beautiful and legible hand. He signed himself, appropriately enough, as Velex - “Speedy.”

"President Trump stands next to a graph modeling potential deaths due to the coronavirus on March 31, 2020"

This is wonderful

#OTD 1759 the British Museum opened at Montague House to “all studious & curious Persons”. Here’s an entry ticket from 1777, issued to botanist Joseph Banks, with a prohibition against touching “any Thing” & a stern “No money to be given to the Servants”

US Capitol, Washington D.C., c1846. John Plumbe Jr., the first professional photographer in Washington, operated a studio in the mid-1840s. Plumbe's image of the Capitol, with its former copper-sheathed wooden dome, is the earliest surviving photograph of the building. #colorized

Well this has been a delight - thank you to everyone who offered suggestions for #animalhistory images. So many different styles, species, time periods... completely reconsidering what I was thinking in light of it and am sure it’ll make a great session.

May 2009 - January 2021. The lifespan of Trump's twitter account, which might well be used by future historians to date an era of hate, division and hysteria. Let's hope this is the start of something better. #TrumpBanned

I don't know who needs to hear this, but rats abandoning a sinking ship isn't a sign that they've had a moral awakening on the nature of ships.

Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.

Trump should be impeached and removed before the end of the day

Aurora Borealis by Frederic Edwin Church 1865
Oil on Canvas
(Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington)

'Have you ever fallen in love over a dish of onions?' In 'The End of the Affair' Greene's character eats onions with her lover despite her husband's hatred of the smell. Isn't GG master of specificity, key to all good writing? And isn't this his best novel?

Underwhelmed by the BBC’s non-fiction picks for 2021. Six memoirs. No science, biography, philosophy ...

A Description of London, John Bancks (1738)

Northern Winter by Harry Epworth Allen, exhibited 1941
Tempera on Board
(Private Collection)

“Now o’er one half the world Nature seems dead”

- Shakespeare at the #Solstice

A cartoon from @PrivateEyeNews 2015. How we must have lol'd.