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Mr Monkey at the Heights of Abraham, 12th October

"I'm glad they don't do any of that now"

Mr Monkey looking around the main Rutland cavern Mr Monkey looking up at a replica of a lead miner

In the main cavern Mr Monkey found out that guides in the 19th century often let visitors climb into the higher chambers without lights, then charged them extra to let them out. Then he watched and listened to a display about lead mining techniques which involved talking mannequins and ended in a cloud of 'smoke' demonstrating fire setting*.

* Fire-setting was a dangerous mining technique involving leaving a fire burning against a rock face overnight, then throwing cold water on it in the morning to splinter the rock.

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