Date Made/Found: 1800-1864
Dimensions: Overall: 21 x 47 x 112mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1971.753
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.
Personal objects like this cigar case were found in the debris once the waters had receeded, with no way of finding their original owner. People came to see the devastation and some found and kept items like this as souvenirs. This case is inscribed " Found in the Sheffield Flood March 12 1864 G. Hughes".
Weston Park Museum