The prized collection of medieval manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum - about 38,000 pages - is heading out of its usual, controlled environment and into the light. The light of computer screens, that is.

Thanks to a $315,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 105 medieval manuscripts from several centuries and cultures will be digitally photographed, cataloged and distributed during the next two and a half years.

Free access to the images will be made available on The Walters' Web site, thewalters.org, "and other portals, like Flickr," Noels said. "People can use them as they want."

The medieval project announced Monday is due to be completed by Dec. 31, 2012.

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