SRAL began in 1987 as a provincial restoration studio in the monastery complex Rolduc in Kerkrade. In 1990 a studio in Maastricht was set up and the activities were extended to collections and monuments outside Limburg. Former director Anne van Grevenstein started the first Dutch post-graduate training programme under the heading: Restorer of Paintings and Painted Objects. In 1993 the department of Painted Historic Interiors was set up, followed by Modern and Contemporary Art in 1995. From 1995 SRAL has been located in Wiebengahal beside the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht .
The postgraduate training offered by SRAL has been, since 2005, absorbed into the programme of the new restoration course at the University of Amsterdam. SRAL works closely with the University of Amsterdam, providing lectures and workshops in the BA and MA phases and offers students training places in the postgraduate programme. The SRAL is part of an international network of training and umbrella-organisations and its employees hold numerous positions within the various organisations.
In 35 years, the SRAL has grown into one of the largest restoration institutions of our country. Besides carrying out complex restoration treatments in our own studios, work is also conducted on site. This includes basic remedial treatments, condition monitoring and collection inventories as well as architectual colour research and the complete treatment of historic interiors on location. Recently the SRAL greatly expanded its laboratory which enables us to conduct paint and material analysis on commission.