“You need to let her know that you’re on your way, the legend goes,” explains Christina Watkinson, head of sales and marketing at Sala Silvermine. “We also tell all school children that no shouting, swearing or spitting is allowed. Originally, this was because the miners would shout when the big basket was hoisted down so that the people down there would know. If it was too noisy, they wouldn’t hear it.”While the mine’s glory days were in the early 1500s, with King Gustav Vasa referring to it as the ‘State Treasure’, its origins are not as well documented. Documentation from the 16th century exists, but itis thought that some activity might have started centuries before that.

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