Looking back and forward 


December 2023

Dear friends of SRAL, dear colleagues, associates and cooperation partners,

As we approach the end of 2023, we would like to take a moment to look back on this special year with you. A year in which we again worked diligently to preserve and restore beautiful works of art and monumental interiors. We are able to do this thanks to your support, cooperation and confidence in our work.

In 2023, we committed to strengthening interdisciplinarity within our own team of 12 specialised conservators. Through intensive knowledge exchange between disciplines at SRAL, we are ready to embark on the integral conservation of several large ensembles from 2024.

In this newsletter you will find some highlights of the past year - with film and TV reports about us and our work in Soest, in The Hague and Maastricht.

Beautiful public presentations are also on the agenda again in 2024, on religious art, on finishing layers in historical interiors and on sculpture. We hope to be able to invite you again. We look forward to seeing you in the new year, when we will again be ready with the expertise and dedication you have come to expect from us.

On behalf of the entire SRAL team, we would like to wish you and your loved ones happy holidays. May the new year bring health, happiness and prosperity.

Kind regards,

Lydia Beerkens and Frans Jeurissen


In the spotlight: Double appearance on NPO!


October was a special month for us as we were featured not once, but twice on the national broadcaster. Don't miss the broadcasts and watch them on NPO Start!

"Zin in Morgen" - Season 2, Episode 24 - Saturday 14 October 

In this episode, our sculpture conservators Ausrine Dambrauskaite and Arnold Truyen were interviewed about their collaboration. Ausrine joined SRAL in 2022 and has since worked closely with Arnold to share and embed knowledge. The full interview is available on NPO Start.

"De Kunst van het Binnenhof" - Episode 4 - 7 October 2023 

An engaging programme with Splinter Chabot focusing on the art treasures of the Binnenhof. In this episode, Lydia Beerkens (SRAL director and modern art conservator) shares her knowledge on how the condition of the imposing modern paintings in the Tweede Kamer is determined. Interesting background information on how our team works and an in-depth understanding of the conservation of these valuable pieces.

Review of the Restoration of
The Battle of Quatre-Bras at the NMM


We take you on a journey back to a special restoration project that took place at the National Military Museum (NMM) in Soest early this year. It concerns the impressive painting that captures the epic Battle of Quatre-Bras, a historical moment that played a crucial role in military history.

To share this special project with you, the NMM has posted some fascinating videos on their official YouTube channel. These videos not only comprehensively highlight the painting itself, but also highlight the large-scale restoration.


Watch the video here:    https://youtu.be/chvnNPRD0UM?si=ijaXXDMTrJKNvPMT

Activities during the holidays


With the start of the winter holidays later this week, we cordially invite you to a programme full of creativity and culture. Bonnefanten has a range of activities planned to make the holidays extra special. In collaboration with SRAL, the museum presents two unique activities around restoration. Read on for more details!


The Maastricht of Jan van Steffeswert
Walk in the footsteps of this famous Maastricht sculptor.
Thursday 28 December 2023
11:00 - 13:00 Start: Bonnefanten

On this walk, you will follow in the footsteps of the famous Jan, 'IAN' van Steffeswert. You will first visit the exhibition and the Restoration Studio at Bonnefanten. Then, during the walk, you will discover the place where his studio was in the 16th century and locations where there are still images of him.

Registration is required at reservations@bonnefanten.nl


Workshop Today I am a conservator
Wednesday 3 January and Friday 5 January
14:30-16:30 in the Bonnefanten museum
For children aged 8 to 11

In this workshop you will learn all about restoring old paintings at the restoration studio in the Bonnefanten. Afterwards, you will get to work yourself. Will you succeed in restoring a 16th-century panel?

Free participation
Registration is required via reservations@bonnefanten.nl


More info on:   Te doen — Bonnefanten Maastricht

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