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

Please be considerate of people who may not understand social distancing and new ways of shopping. They might be living with dementia or another hidden condition.

Let's continue to support each other, especially those who need a little extra help. 💙

Inspired by @alysheac and the relentlessness of job applications, I've made a TikTok about why you should hire me! (Hint: it's for my dog 🙃)

In all seriousness, my DREAM is to work as a producer and I'm also super keen to work in social media production! Any RTs appreciated 🥰

I was just sent the most joyful picture of all time

Self-Portrait by Duncan Grant 1925 (Private Collection). Painted in the artist’s bedroom at Charleston, Firle, Sussex.

In this week's episode @justinmarozzi takes us back to Sultan Mehmed II's dramatic seizure of Constantinople in 1453.

Partly made possible by the invention of a weapon so powerful its engineer claimed it would 'pulverise the walls of Babylon into dust.'

Over the past few weeks we've been sharing what we're reading - this week we wanted to throw it over to you!
What are YOU reading? And are you loving it - or not?
Non-fiction, fiction, fantasy, classic or contemporary? We'd love to know!
#LibrariesFromHome #KeepReading

Oh well. Spoke too soon.

Cuckmere Haven, Eric Ravilious, 1939. The original artwork is in the collection of @TownerGallery. #Sussex

The end of an era for me too. No more transfer suggestions, no more complaints about the @LFC website or unfair ticket allocations. I wonder what tweets @PeterMooreLFC will bring me next? #YNWA

So grateful to our partner Dynamichrome (@jordanjlloydhq) for colourising this wonderful picture of the Beatles to go with our new episode with Craig Brown.

The Beatles, 1964. Original nitrate negative by Marion S. Trikosko (Library of Congress)

Tim Roth in Brick Lane, London 1985
Photo @derekridgers

It’s an irresistible opening, I’ll give you that.

I had so much fun doing this interview. My 14 year old Beatles obsessed self (yes I was that person!) was very happy I got to do this one.

I have an historical joke that never gets old

In our second episode out today to launch our new season the writer @LukePepera takes us back to a spectacular pilgrimage to Mecca in 1325 with the fabulously wealthy and highly successful emperor of Mali – Mansa Musa.

Good morning! Today we launch our new season with the brilliant Professor James Shapiro (@FaberBooks) on the year 1845.

We learn about the origins of 'Manifest Destiny' and explore the role of Shakespeare in this crucial moment in US history.

In 1652, English herbalist & astrologer Nicholas Culpeper noted a phrase "frequently used by the common people":

"When the wind blows strongly they say men are a conjuring"

Would love to know if you've heard it, or similar? Here's @witchmuseum's wind witch, for inspiration...

"The dream of a patient in Jungian analysis: a steeply descending road, with telegraph poles on the left, a wall and fields on the right, huge mountainous waves in the distance." (June 1978. Wellcome Library)

This is a fascinating peek into the past. Have you seen it @MissSarahWise?

Happy July Fourth US friends! On this day 244 years ago, after seeing the Declaration of Independence through Congress in the morning, Thomas Jefferson went on a congratulatory shopping trip and bought himself a thermometer for £3 15s. #July4th #firstcelebration