Dornoch war memorial. The photograph was taken several years ago when the local authority had applied a 'wet look' protective coating. This awful treatment of bronze memorials is commonly seen in towns and cities across the country. the patina and quality of the bronze is lost and the monument might as well be constructed of fibre-glass. From the examples I have seen this treatment also appears to have a nasty habit of blistering, covering the monument with ugly pock marks within weeks of application.
Carrick recommended to his clients that a monument should be washed down and all bronze work get a thin coating of oil twice a year, the best months (in Scotland) for this work being April and September. He also warned that no acid should be used.