|Extracts from the diary of Miss G M West
for 21-22 and 30 March and 22 July 1916.
Miss West worked as a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) cook at the Woolwich
Arsenal, one of the biggest centres of munitions production in Britain
during the First World War. In these extracts from her diary, she
makes various observations about her working environment. These include
reflections on the character of the female munitions workers at the
Arsenal ('very rough, regular cockneys') and her impressions
of Woolwich itself ('one huge slum'). West also describes,
with the help of diagrams, what she learned about making munitions
on a tour of the factory.