In Oct 2022 The BARD system was modified to accept both Grid References and What3Words addresses in the Location field and calculate the Lat/Long from those entries. This opens up the mapping feature in BARD to all users no matter which country they are in.

In May 2022 BARD was modified to allow the addition of hyperlinks to other references such as documents and web-pages. Note though that this feature is only available to users though subscription

In 2021 a mapping feature was added allowing you to plot all selected features. Note though that the mapping feature is only available to users though subscription:

In 2019 one new field called Halved joint codes was added with the aim of helping to stylistically date early and cruck buildings in particular:

Halved Joint codes
J1 : Basic halving
J2 : Bare-faced dovetail
J3 : Bare-faced dovetail with refined profile
J4 : Notched-lap joint with simple entry
J5 : Notched-lap joint with refined entry
J6 : Notched-lap joint with central notch

In 2016 a number of improvements were made to BARD:

  1. Improved clarity of printouts from BARD through an increase in the size of the tick-boxes.

  2. Eight new fields added, primarily aimed at helping to record carpentry and early features. The seven new fields are: 1) Pegged rafters, 2) Carpenters’ Marks, 3) Cranked collar/tiebeam, 4) Cusping, 5) Trestle sawn, 6) Pit sawn 7) Spandrel struts and 8) Carpenters’ marks.

  3. The Carpenters’ Marks field can either be used to record the method of making the makes: either Scribed or Chiseled, or for more detail use the following annotation can be used in the field:

    • 1st figure identifies the length in centimeters

    • 2nd letter identifies the type: (S) = Scribed, (C) = Chiseled or (B) = both.

    • 3rd letter describes the characters used: (R) = Roman numeral, (A) = Arabic or (O) = Other.

    • 4th & 5th letters identify the use of additional details: (H) = half circles, (F) = Full circles, (T) = Tags or Flags.

In addition a few of the drop-down menu’s under existing fields were added to:

  1. 7-canted roof was added under the ‘Roof truss other’ field

  2. Waggon roof was added under the ‘Roof truss other’ field

  3. Raised cruck was added under the ‘Type of Cruck’ field

Further suggestions for improvements are always welcome.