Date Made/Found: 1850-1864
Dimensions: Overall: 20 x 71 x 45mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 2007.901
Around midnight on 11 March 1864 the wall of Dale Dyke dam collapsed, sending a torrent of water down the Loxley valley, through Malin Bridge and Hillsborough. The water travelled along the Don through to Wicker and on towards Rotherham. Many homes and business were destroyed and the water killed at least 240 people. It was the worst civilian disaster of the time and became known as the Great Sheffield Flood.
This wooden box was found afterwards. It was said to have been found in the pocket of a man who died, but we do not know his name. Inside the box is a lock of hair wrapped in paper.
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