In 2009, the museum acquired the Flora Twort collection and the 18th Century cottage where Flora lived, from Hampshire County Council. This collection is made up of paintings, sketches notebooks and archives. The museum continues to collect items relating to Flora and her work.
Flora Twort (1893-1985) took up painting when she was four. She studied at the London School of Art, the London Polytechnic and the Slade School of Art.
She moved to Petersfield at the end of the First World War and opened a bookshop at 1 and 2 The Square. She used the top floor of the bookshop as her studio and painted many scenes of the life of the town and its residents.
In 1948 Flora moved into her new studio in Church Path, where she continued her work, mainly portraits and watercolours. Eventually she retired at the age of 81.
Many of her works were hung in The Royal Academy and in other London galleries.